Indictment against man beaten by deputies remains sealed

The federal charges against a man who was the victim of a beating by two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies last fall remain unknown following his second hearing in San Francisco federal court this week.

Wednesday morning’s hearing for Stanislav Petrov, 29, was again closed to the public and the indictment against him remains sealed. His mother, Olga Petrov, was also unaware of the details of the charges against her son Wednesday.

Petrov was arrested in a joint San Francisco police and Federal Bureau of Investigation raid in Visitacion Valley last Friday. He appeared in a closed U.S. District courtroom Wednesday, said his mother Olga Petrov.

Petrov was beaten by deputies last November, which was caught on video and released by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. In the surveillance video, two deputies were seen repeatedly beating Petrov in a Mission District alley after they had chased him and the alleged stolen car he was driving across the Bay Bridge.

Those two deputies, as well as a third who reportedly stole from Petrov and then attempted to bribe two homeless witnesses with his property, are under investigation and on leave.

Since the beating, Petrov’s civil attorney has filed a claim with Alameda County and alleged that the deputies in the case attempted to cover up the beating by altering their reports to play up the danger they said Petrov posed.

Additionally, Petrov’s attorney Michael Haddad said at first none of the deputies were reported to have turned on their body cameras to capture the incident. Now it appears one of the two who allegedly beat Petrov accidentally did turn on his camera.

Petrov’s mother Olga Petrov said her son is set to appear again in federal court Friday.

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