Latest Incidents Show Police Brutality Persists Despite Elevated Awareness

‘This is clearly excessive force,’ public defender says of police beating in San Francisco

by Deirdre Fulton

Separate incidents in two U.S. cities over recent days reveal that tensions remain elevated over police brutality and use of excessive force in the United States.

Captured last week on tape, the beating of a man in San Francisco has been likened to the infamous assault on Rodney King by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the video shows two still-unidentified Alameda County sheriff’s deputies knocking 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov to the ground before “punching him and clubbing him with their batons, even after he appeared to surrender with his hands on his head.”

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

Woods told KQED that Petrov had suffered multiple cuts to the back of his head and that his arms were “crushed.”

The two deputies are reportedly facing an internal investigation. The department is also seeking additional video of the incident. Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly confirmed to KQED that Alameda County sheriff’s deputies are equipped with body cameras, “but he was unsure if the arrest was recorded by the devices. The department’s policy does not require deputies to turn them on.”

“I guess you’d call it discretionary on behalf of the officer,” he said, “discretionary but highly encouraged.”

Video of the incident is below (warning: graphic footage):

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Via Common Dreams.