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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Public Defender: Deputies Involved in Beating Lied; Must Be Charged

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:36 PM

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Earlier this week, KTVU reported the Alameda County Sheriff's deputies filmed on video beating a suspect senseless last year later filed a report that contradicts the video — presumably because the deputies did not know they were being filmed, and, conveniently, had their body cameras turned off while hitting Stanislov Petrov as many as 30 times with their batons.

In their official report, Deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber state they hit Petrov because they feared for their lives and the baton strikes "appeared to have little effect," as the Examiner reported.

Another deputy who arrived later stated Petrov, who was on the ground groaning when backup showed up, according to the video, continued to act violently. 

This proves the deputies involved in the incident lied, said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, and tried to put together a cover-up. Adachi repeated earlier calls for District Attorney George Gascon to file criminal charges.


Adachi's office released the video after obtaining it from a nearby business, who had surveillance cameras aimed at the Mission District alley where deputies caught up with Petrov — who allegedly stole a car in the East Bay (where police later found a loaded gun) and led police on a high-speed chase into San Francisco.

The deputies claimed that Petrov was reaching for his waistband, suggesting they thought he had a gun. He may have, but according to the video, he appears to be running hard, away from the deputies, before slowing down as if he is giving up. That's when he's tackled and then beaten. And beaten, and beaten, and beaten.
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None of the 11 deputies eventually involved in Petrov's apprehension had their body cameras turned on, Adachi  noted.

" I do not believe that is a coincidence, but an attempt to cover up their misconduct," he said in a statement. "I urge the San Francisco District Attorney to file criminal charges against these officers.”



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