Stanislav Petrov in his hospital bed after the November 2015 beating. (Courtesy Michael Haddad)

Stanislav Petrov in his hospital bed after the November 2015 beating. (Courtesy Michael Haddad)

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.


Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeinkCrimeFBIFederal CourtOlga PetrovSan Francisco Police DepartmentStanislav Petrov

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

The City has struggled to conduct outreach in some neighborhoods as it works to expand Slow Streets — such as this section of Page Street in the Lower Haight — to underserved neighborhoods. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
SFMTA delays vote on Bayview Slow Streets, approves five others in ‘underserved’ areas

SFMTA struggles to conduct outreach in neighborhoods with lower internet access

Stern Grove Festival organizers are planning to bring back the popular summer concert series — The Isley Brothers show in 2019 is pictured — with limited audience capacity. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
Indoor shows won’t be flooding SF stages soon but Stern Grove might be back in June

While San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that live performances may resume… Continue reading

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto  (47) started on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 9, 2021. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Giants welcome fans back with strong performance by Cueto

By Ethan Kassel Special to S.F. Examiner ORACLE PARK — The first… Continue reading

James Harbor appears in court after he was arrested on charges in the July 4th shooting death of 6-year-old Jace Young on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Murder case heads to trial over killing of 6-year-old Jace Young

Hearing reveals new details in ‘horrific’ Fourth of July shooting

BART passengers may see more frequent service by this fall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART service increases possible as soon as September

Proposal would double weekday, daytime trains and extend system operating hours

Most Read