An internal investigation has begun in the case of two Alameda County, California deputies who were placed on administrative leave after they were filmed viciously beating a suspected car thief.
The chase between the officers and 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov occurred Thursday, according to The Huffington Post. Police claim Petrov led officers on a stolen car chase through San Francisco’s Mission District for over 30 minutes. Petrov then hit a parked car and took off running. Police caught up in a back alleyway, where cameras captured the officers striking the suspect with their batons over 30 times. Petrov was arrested and taken to the hospital, where he was treated for several broken bones in both of his hands and arms and multiple lacerations to the back of his head.
Two days later, the San Francisco public defender’s office released the video to the public on YouTube. Public defenders Jeff Adachi and Brendon Woods said the footage clearly shows excessive force and called for a federal investigation.
The Huffington Post reports:
“He didn’t pose any threat at that point, and they are clearly using excessive force and trying to seriously hurt him when he was on the ground and subdued,” Adachi said Friday. “I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t be handcuffed and taken into custody.”
Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods said he was horrified by the force depicted in the video.”I was shocked, outraged and disgusted,” he said. “I counted over 30 baton strikes. I’m not sure what facts would justify that sort of brutal beating.”
Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson told reporters a gun was recovered at the scene. Via The Los Angeles Times:
Petrov faces felony charges for ramming a squad car and injuring a deputy, then leading a high-speed chase to San Francisco. He also is being held on suspicion of having a loaded firearm in the stolen vehicle he was driving, possession of methamphetamine and multiple hit-and-runs.
Sgt. Ray Kelly told The Times the identities of the veteran officers would not be released.
“If you look on social media, there’s a lot of threats that have been made against them — pretty vulgar threats,” Sgt. Ray Kelly said. “We have to worry about their safety, in addition to Mr. Petrov in the hospital, too. We don’t want people showing up there, protesters showing up there and causing a whole bunch of problems.”
Petrov is still in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
SOURCE: The Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube
Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown's Death
1. 2014: Michael Brown's lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.Source:Getty 1 of 14
2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.Source:Getty 2 of 14
3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.Source:Getty 3 of 14
4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown's death.Source:Getty 4 of 14
5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city's uprising.Source:Getty 5 of 14
6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.Source:Getty 6 of 14
7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.Source:Getty 7 of 14
8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.Source:Getty 8 of 14
9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.Source:Getty 9 of 14
10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.Source:Getty 10 of 14
11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to "control" protests.Source:Getty 11 of 14
12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown's death.Source:Getty 12 of 14
13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.Source:Getty 13 of 14
14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.Source:Getty 14 of 14
Video Catches Brutal Beating Of Car Thief Suspect By California Police Officers was originally published on newsone.com