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San Bernardino, Calif. — Attorneys representing a man who was filmed being beaten by deputies after a horse chase say San Bernardino County officials initiated the settlement negotiations that resulted in a $650,000 payout to avoid future civil litigation.

Sharon Brunner and Jim Terrell, who represent 30-year-old Francis Pusok, said in a statement Tuesday that Pusok didn't settle for the money. They say he would have probably made more through litigation, but that he wanted to end police harassment and abuse.

Pusok's arrest April 9 was recorded by a TV news crew in a helicopter and led to an FBI probe and 10 deputies being placed on leave pending an ongoing internal investigation.

The attorneys noted that the settlement was made with "essentially no investigation nor any indictments," and it was based on the video.

San Bernardino County supervisors approved the settlement with 30-year-old Francis Pusok in a closed meeting, said David Wert, a county spokesman.

Wert said the agreement would settle all potential civil claims from Pusok's April 9 arrest.

Pusok fled by car and then on the horse in the desert while deputies chased him on foot after trying to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation.

Jodi Miller, a sheriff's department spokeswoman, said the names of the deputies involved in the arrest have not been released because the department continues to receive threatening phone calls and emails from the public.

No criminal charges have been filed against any deputies in connection with the incident.

Pusok fled by car and then on the horse in the desert while deputies chased him on foot after trying to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation.

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