Man beaten by deputies charged with drugs, firearm possession

The indictment against a man beaten in San Francisco by two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies late last year was unsealed Friday morning, revealing federal charges of possession of drugs and a firearm.

Stanislav Petrov, 29, made his first public court appearance Friday on the charges, which stem from a March 8 arrest in San Francisco. He had previously appeared in closed court twice this week when he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Friday, Petrov sat in court with his legs shackled, dressed in a red and white striped shirt. He smiled several times at his mother Olga Petrov, who sat in the second row of the courtroom.

The latest charges were filed by federal prosecutors, because the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office had declined to prosecute him. Petrov was arrested April 1 at a Visitacion Valley home after FBI and San Francisco police served a search warrant there.

The indictment that led to Petrov’s arrest last week was what prompted FBI involvement, while a search warrant for the property was issued to San Francisco police in connection with a fatal shooting at that location earlier that day.

Petrov’s attorney William Osterhoudt said outside the courtroom that his client is innocent.

“We deny the allegations,” Osterhoudt said.

On Nov. 12, 2015, Petrov led Alameda County sheriff’s deputies on a chase into San Francisco. After abandoning his car, Petrov was pursued onto Stevenson Street and tackled by two deputies, who were then caught beating Petrov on surveillance tape that was later released by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

Deputies claimed in their reports that Petrov rammed one of their cars and that they feared for their lives because they thought he might pull a gun on them.

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