San Francisco beating: Video shows deputies hitting suspect repeatedly

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SAN FRANCISCO — After a 100-plus-mph car chase, deputies from Alameda County said they caught 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov on foot in a narrow alley in San Francisco’s Mission District in the early morning.

Surveillance footage from the November 12 incident, posted on the San Francisco Public Defender’s YouTube page, shows Petrov running up the alley. As he slows to a near stop, one of the deputies tackles him. While he’s on the ground, two sheriff’s deputies can be seen hitting him repeatedly with their batons for about 20 seconds before another police vehicle shows up, sirens on.

“The surveillance video footage is disgusting and reminds me of Rodney King. Those deputies viciously attacked a man who appeared to be surrendering. They beat him with their batons even though he was not resisting,” said Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods, who is representing Petrov. “This is clearly excessive force.”

Three days after the arrest, Petrov still was in the hospital with injuries on his head, arms and hands, Woods said.

The security camera records in intervals of about 10 seconds, with 10-second gaps in between, according to the public defender’s YouTube post, meaning “the beating was actually twice as long as what is shown.”

Authorities say the deputies had been monitoring a hotel parking lot in Oakland when they came upon a stolen Mercedes-Benz.

Petrov was inside the car and ignored commands from police, the sheriff’s office said. He then rammed two patrol cars, injuring a deputy in the process, which led to the chase that ended across the bay, in San Francisco, according to authorities.

Investigators say they found methamphetamine and a semi-automatic handgun inside the car.

The names of the deputies — both of who have been placed on administrative leave — have not been released.

Authorities are still deciding what kind of charges they may bring against Petrov and the two officers seen in the video.

“Whatever people think of this incident it does not reflect the daily things we do in our community to make it a better place,” Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County sheriff’s office told CNN affiliate KPIX.

CNN’s Seth Kovar and Keith Allen contributed to this report.

By Dan Simon and Joshua Berlinger

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