Updated Saturday, Nov. 14

Update 8:18 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13:
After the press alerted the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department to a video showing two deputies attacking a suspect with repeated overhead nightstick strikes as he is on the ground, the sheriff initiated an “immediate investigation” into the incident, Sgt. Ray Kelly said late Friday evening.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s office released the video Friday via Youtube. Kelly confirmed that it shows the end of a pursuit that started across the bay in San Leandro and resulted in the arrest and hospitalization of Stanislav Petrov.

“The sheriff has immediately initiated an internal investigation into this thing,” Kelly said. “We’re working on getting an original copy of the video. We’re going to be interviewing officers and other witnesses on scene and trying to piece it all together.”

Kelly said the two deputies had not returned to work. He said the department is in the process of determining whether they should be placed on administrative leave or reassigned to non-public contact positions.

“We’re obviously in the early stages,” he said.

Original Post 7:50 p.m. Friday Nov. 13:
The San Francisco Public Defender’s office has released surveillance video showing two law enforcement officers repeatedly beating a man with batons.

The video posted to the public defender’s YouTube site initially identified the officers as San Francisco police, but was recently updated to identify them as Alameda County Sheriff’s officers.

“Update: Alameda County Sheriff officers, after chasing a driver across the bridge and then on foot, beat the man with nightsticks in San Francisco’s Mission District,” the video’s caption says.

“It’s extremely disturbing,” Public Defender spokeswoman Tamara Aparton told the San Francisco Examiner. “[The victim] doesn’t appear to be resisting at all. We want to find out the circumstances of his arrest, and the extent of his injures as soon as we can.”

Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the office was just alerted to the video and is reviewing it. He did confirm Alameda County Sheriff’s officers pursued a suspect from San Leandro into San Francisco early Thursday.

The video was shot at the corner of Stevenson Street and Clinton Park, two Mission District alleys, apparently by a security camera.

Kelly said an Alameda County  officer identified a stolen Mercedes in a hotel parking lot and called for backup. When two officers contacted the male driver, he drove into a squad car, injuring an officer’s leg.

“He then rammed a second police car and was able to make his way out onto Foothill Boulevard after pushing all the police cars out of the way,” Kelly said.

The ensuing pursuit lasted 45 minutes and took a detour through Oakland before resuming over the Bay Bridge, Kelly said.

Kelly identified the suspect pursued by Alameda County deputies into San Francisco as Stanislav Petrov.

“The suspect fled from the car and resisted arrest and was captured and arrested,” Kelly said, reading from a report. “He had injures that required him to be admitted into the hospital.”

Kelly said officers found a loaded and cocked handgun on the passenger seat of the Mercedes.

The Examiner reports witnesses to the incident contacted the Public Defender’s Office about what they saw and passed along the video.

This report was updated Saturday with information that the two deputies under investigation have not returned to work.

Alameda Sheriff Launches Probe Into Deputies’ Beating of Car Theft Suspect 4 April,2016Alex Emslie

  • Kaka Dooo

    Thank you so much for this video.it’s horrible but I am glad that it showed real face of police and how do they get down.it’s really unfair even tho if he did injure the officer to be beating somebody when they are already pm the ground asking for a help



  • Alicia Joslin

    This is who we call on to protect and serve us. Police officers are the real thugs of society they only hide behind there badges and pose as law abiding people. This video is a prime example of the brutality that has been going on for years. Thank you God for technology so people like this can be exposed for what they truly are. Monsters!

    • SomeSonomaGuy

      “there” badges, and thanking God for technology? Sounds like a smart one over here.

  • John

    If he were black, the city would be burning right now.

    • Leo Jones

      if he was white, the sheriff would be arrested by now, go kill yourself you dumb fool

  • John Tucker

    I would hope these animals (cops) face assault, battery and abuse of force under color (blue) or we live in a lawless society.
    Yes, the suspect will go to jail for his crimes, just like those pigs should.

  • Leo Jones

    vicious assault, I counted the times they hit him, they even cut the video, so there are parts missing to this assault

  • Laman

    Lol…the sheriff initiated an investigation. Sure they did…into which thug among’em gets the first beer. Cops today believe they are the judges, juries and executioners. This is obvious in all the documented excessive uses of force. Oh I know…as I’ve been told repeatedly, “not all cops are bad or corrupt”…but OBVIOUSLY there is rot at the heart of law enforcement when this type of behavior continues…and continues…and continues. Not that I think anything will change. They are cogs in the crushing wheel of regimentation that will only end in dictatorship. But it has happened before…will happen again…and again….and again. It really is a shame. I’d have probably roughed the guy up a little too, but what I just saw was outright aggravated battery. The cops sank to that piece of sh*t’s level…and beyond since they are supposed to be the good guys. Their errors are magnified in severity since they are supposed to be protectors.

    • eyemale

      and they say there are good cops meaning those who don’t act like this , but in my book that isn’t a good cop , a good cop would report cops bad behavior .. it not enough to just do their job if they are aware there are cops who abused their Authority, or is it a case that good cops just don’t know who to trust up the chain of command because the corruption is so wide spread? we keep hearing terms like accountability and transparency, but nothing seems to happen,, most of the time a DA/SA won’t file charges , or there is no indictment. I can almost bet right now they are viewing the video frame by frame looking for anything that justifies the cops use of force, a arm raised , body not totally laying flat and etc that they can take a snap shot of and use it to clear the cops, with a still shot they can tell what ever story they want, I think enough is enough and it time we get wise to their games , cops need to wear body cams “with audio” since their 1st excuse is always amateur videos are unclear and don’t tell the whole story.. but they have no problem with these amateur videos if they can be used to manipulate court or public opinion ..

  • Trent B. Tulpo

    I doubt Stanislov Petrov was his real name.

  • The Donald

    Teach that guy not to take off in car, hit police cars, carry loaded guns and then run off on foot like a baby.

  • Chester

    Wah wah wah. Despise car thieves that place my family in danger by fleeing at 100mph.
    Hope he gets life. Eff him. Not a super-cop supporter, by any means. But definitely on the deputies side here.

    • eyemale

      if the cops didn’t violate his rights and cause injuries to him he would be in jail now , waiting a bail hearing and trial date , which is still the case only now he has a lawyer seeing how many of your tax dollars he is awarded … and maybe the FEDS will get involve and make the tax payers pay even more seeing if the cops violated his civil rights .. all the cops did was make this guy news worthy , with supporters , maybe a few donations and giving him far more attention then he deserves …are you still on the deputies side?

      • Chester

        Yeah, right. So, IF he’d slammed into your family car whilst on the run at 100+ mph and killed them all, except you, and while trying to subdue him he shot you with his loaded and cocked pistol, would you refuse help from these “big bad” deputies? Their only screw-up, in this commenters opinion, was not noticing the camera. In the real world this perp, freely running around stealing cars with dope and a loaded and cocked firearm on the seat, with the multiple felony warrants for his arrest would be in prison making 15 cents an hour and paying restitution for those he’d financially damaged. He chose that lifestyle. Yes, I still support them and would find the beating justifiable. He was not giving up and was running. And the felon still tried to flee when the blows started. No-brainer. Maybe he’ll plow into your cars, or you and your family, your children, first next time. Then pull the pistol on you when you complain. ‘Deal with it’ then and please report back here, okay?
        Sorry you see differently. Not going to punish the deputies for doing a job they’re paid to do.

        • eyemale

          what personal revenge I would want carried out after myself or family was violated by some thug isn’t a lawful reason for a police beating.. the deputies JOB was to make an arrest, only using enough force necessary .. it the courts who decide the punishments .. no man ” including men with badges ” are above the law.. so I disagree with your anarchy views.. I expect police to act lawfully,,

        • EveryoneHugsAndTurnsIntoTang

          You sound like an absolute garbage person.

  • Cecilia Crane Watson

    An ambulance should to follow the cops around?

  • harrydevlin

    Every LEO needs to be reminded by their superiors, daily, that cameras are everywhere. Even if there is no one around there can be a security camera or someone in a window filming them.

    Bodycams for police officers need to be mandatory. If the camera is turned off or blocked during an assault the officer needs to be dismissed.

    Maybe the victim and the cops can share a cell in prison.


Alex Emslie

Alex Emslie is a criminal justice reporter at KQED. He covers policing policy, crime and the courts.

He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter in 2008 to study journalism at City College of San Francisco. He then graduated from San Francisco State University’s journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Alex freelanced for various news outlets including the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Bay Guardian.

Alex is proud of his work at KQED on a spike in fatal officer-involved shootings in Vallejo, which uncovered that a single officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. Alex’s work with a team at KQED on police encounters with people in psychiatric crisis was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Best Scoop award in 2015 for exposing a series of bigoted text messages swapped by San Francisco police officers. He was honored with 2010 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for breaking news reporting on the trial following the shooting of Oscar Grant. Email: aemslie@kqed.org. Twitter: @SFNewsReporter.

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