The deputies were put on paid leave.
The video “disturbed and troubled” and showed extreme use of force, said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.
McMahon decision putting the deputies on leave came after the video went live.
The person is identified as Francis Pusok, 30 year old who has stolen a horse.
When the deputies were serving the search warrant for theft investigation Pusok first fled by car and then on the horse while the officer’s were chasing him on foot.
Pusok was falling from the horse and one of the deputy fired Taser which was not effective because of his loose clothing.
Pusok was faced down with his legs and arms outstretched and one deputy kicked him and the other kicked him in the crotch.
FBI said that they will start a civilian rights investigation.
“I’m asking for some patience while we complete a thorough and fair investigation, I am disturbed and troubled by what I see in the video. It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures. I assure you, if there is criminal doing on the part of any of our deputy sheriffs or any policy violations, we will take action,” McMahon said.
“He remembers being beat, and he remembers that he wasn’t resisting, that he laid still, he complied immediately. He says that he didn’t even move a muscle because he didn’t want to be continuously beat, yet it still happened,” attorney for pusok, Sharon Brunner said.
He said that after beating one deputy whispered in his ear, this isn’t over.
Ken Cooper, a New York-based use of force expert who trains police, said that officers should be disciplined, they should be retrained to deal with stress and this video should be used for teaching.
Pusok in held on suspicion of felony evading, possession of stolen property and theft of horse.