A pair of Bay Area sheriff’s deputies from Alameda County were placed on paid leave after they were caught on video viciously beating a suspect. The gruesome footage shows the cops running down one man then continually beating him when he was already downed.
The suspect, Stanislav Petrov, reportedly led the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department deputies on a chase and damaged one of their squad cars. In the heat of the moment, the cops were swept up in a rage and delivered an unexplainable beating to Petrov.
Sheriff Gregory Ahern placed the deputies on leave Sunday, two days after launching an investigation into the Thursday incident, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. The deputies were not identified.
The beating was the culmination of a car chase from San Leandro to San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, with the suspect taking off after the deputies approached the man, who was sitting in a stolen car at about 1:38 a.m., according to Nelson.
The suspect, Stanislav Petrov, 29, reportedly rammed the deputies’ cars, knocking one of the officers down before fleeing the scene.
The officers pursued Petrov into San Francisco, where he crashed the car and then ran.
In the video released by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, one deputy tackled the suspect and punched him while he was on the ground. Both deputies then pulled batons and beat Petrov repeatedly as the man screamed for help.
The paper also reports that Nelson reportedly said that a gun was found on the scene and that Petrov was believed to be on drugs.
Adachi maintains that the unnamed deputies used excessive force.
Photo: Courtesy Of San Francisco Public Defender