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Assault charges for 3 deputies in horse-chase beating

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County, California, have filed felony assault charges against three sheriff's deputies involved in the televised beating of a suspect after he tried to escape on horseback. Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps and Charles Foster each face a charge of assault by a public officer, District Attorney Mike Ramos said Tuesday. Seven other deputies placed on administrative leave following the April pursuit in the inland desert were not charged. "I believe the officers charged today crossed the line under the color of authority," Ramos said at a news conference. A KNBC-TV helicopter news crew followed the chase as Frances Jared Pusok fled deputies on a...