A San Francisco public defender is calling for two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies to be charged after a surveillance video emerged of them beating a man in an alley after he’d fled into the city.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told the Guardian that Stanislav Petrov, who was suspected of being in a stolen vehicle, fled on Thursday when approached by authorities, crashing into a police vehicle and causing a chase through San Leandro, Oakland and into San Francisco. When the 26-year-old left the vehicle, authorities followed him on foot and into an alley in San Francisco’s Mission District, where the beating occurred.
The video shows deputies hitting Petrov repeatedly while he is on the ground. The officers do not immediately attempt to arrest him, and he is seen with his hands above his head.