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Friday, November 13, 2015

UPDATE: Investigation Launched into Police Beating

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM

UPDATE: Monday, 11 a.m. 

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is investigating the "violent" apprehension of a carjacking suspect in San Francisco's Mission District last week.

Stanislas Petrov allegedly stole a vehicle in the East Bay and led deputies on a chase across the Bay Bridge and into the Mission District early Thursday when, after crashing his vehicle and running on foot, two deputies caught up to him in an alley near US-101.

Video that appears to show deputies striking Petrov, identified by name by KQED News, dozens of times was released Friday evening by the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and first aired by ABC-7. 

An investigation has been launched by sheriff's officials, but meanwhile, defense attorneys who say that Petrov's arms were "crushed" during his apprehension call the level of force applied "insane," according to KQED. Petrov is suspected of carjacking, "multiple hit-and-runs," and possession of methamphetamine, KQED reported.

Petrov is in San Francisco General Hospital, and the two deputies, who have not yet been identified, have not been disciplined. 

Our initial post, and the video, follow below.
Video footage that appears to show Alameda County Sheriff's deputies violently beating an unidentified and unarmed suspect with batons was released by the San Francisco Public Defender's Office on Friday.

In the video, taken from surveillance footage in Clinton Park, an alley between Valencia and Guerrero streets in the Mission, a man in white clothes can be seen running from two deputies after a chase that began in the East Bay, continued across the Bay Bridge, and ended in San Francisco, according to the Public Defender's Office.

The man stops, is tackled, and is then "viciously" beaten by sheriff's deputies after he appeared to have surrendered, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Keep in mind that the video has ten second-long lapses, so the entire affair— and the beating — went on longer than the length of the video.

Little else is known about the incident, but the video, obtained by the Public Defender, is "extremely disturbing," an office spokeswoman said. 

Requests for comment were not immediately returned on Friday.

The video was provided to the Public Defender's Office by witnesses who were "disturbed" by the incident, according to Tamara Aparton, a spokeswoman for the office, in comments to the Examiner.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 3 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Examiner. A pool of blood was visible in the alley afterwards, Aparton said.

We'll update this post when we have more information.

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