The San Francisco Public Defender’s office released a surveillance video (below) on Nov. 13 of two Alameda County Sheriff's deputies beating a man with fists and batons in the city's Mission District on Nov. 12 at about 2:05 a.m.
The man being beaten in the video was identified as 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov by CBS San Francisco.
In the video, the deputies chase Petrov down the street, notes SFGate.com. Once they catch him, one deputy punches him twice. The second deputy pulls out his baton and hits Petrov in the head; then, both deputies beat Petrov with their batons.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office started an investigation into the incident on Nov. 13. Both deputies were placed on paid leave.
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Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told the news site that the incident happened after a 38-minute car chase involving a possible stolen vehicle.
Petrov allegedly used the car to smash into two cruisers and knock down a deputy. Nelson said that Petrov crashed the car and ran away on foot, which is when the video picks up.
Nelson added that the deputies thought that Petrov was armed, and a gun was recovered at the scene, but it's not known if the gun belonged to Petrov.
The deputies also wrote in their reports that they thought Petrov might be on drugs and they were not sure what he was capable of doing, according to Nelson.
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“Unfortunately, the video doesn’t seem to be 100 percent complete,” Nelson said. “We’re not getting the entire picture. With that said, the sheriff has ordered a complete and immediate investigation. We want to see if there is any other video, and if we can get the complete video without the breaks in it, as well as any other body camera video that might have been in play by those deputies, the other deputies that responded or by San Francisco police.”
The San Francisco Public Defender’s office YouTube channel states: "Note that the video surveillance system records in 10 second chunks, with a gap in between."
Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods called for the deputies to be criminally investigated by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Nov. 16, reports CBS San Francisco.
Woods, who compared the incident to the Rodney King beating in 1991, also wants a federal investigation to determine if Petrov's civil rights were violated.
“Those deputies viciously attacked a man who appeared to be surrendering," Woods told the news station. "They beat him with their batons even though he was not resisting. This is clearly excessive force."
Woods said that he visited Petrov in the hospital on Nov. 15, and he added that the 29-year-old man suffered “multiple injuries to his head, arms and hands.”
"From his elbow through his hands are swollen," Woods said. "It looks like he has several broken bones in both of his hands or arm areas."