New video purportedly shows deputy stealing jewelry from Petrov

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office on Wednesday released edited video footage that they say shows an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy stealing jewelry from a suspect who had just been severely beaten in the course of his arrest last year.

The video, posted to YouTube by the public defender’s office, has been slowed down and zoomed in. The picture is blurry, but the video’s description alleges the deputy “appears to take a chain left in the street” after the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov, was severely beaten.

Petrov allegedly led deputies on a high-speed chase from unincorporated San Leandro across the Bay Bridge to an alley in San Francisco’s Mission District on Nov. 12. After crashing his vehicle, Petrov fled on foot.

Deputies tackled Petrov and struck him more than 40 times with their batons, resulting in serious injuries and hospitalization, according to Petrov’s attorneys, who filed a complaint against Alameda County in March for what they called “the worst law enforcement beating we’ve seen on video since Rodney King.”

The deputy believed to have stolen the gold chain has not yet been identified, but Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said he has 20 years of experience with the department. He’s been placed on administrative leave.

Petrov’s attorneys said the deputy gave the chain to two homeless people who witnessed the beating to dissuade them from reporting the incident.

“I hope you enjoy the show,” Petrov’s attorneys said the deputy told the two witnesses.

The deputy allegedly also told the two witnesses, “Don’t spend it all in one place,” after handing them the chain, according to Petrov’s attorneys.

Ahern said last month that, after learning of the theft and bribery allegations, he notified San Francisco police that they should be looking into those aspects of the incident.

The necklace was reportedly pawned and has not been recovered.

The video from the public defender’s office is available online at

In an unrelated case, Petrov was arrested April 1 and faces federal gun and drug charges after authorities allegedly found a pistol, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a room where he was staying in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

Petrov pleaded not guilty to the charges and will be back in court May 17 for a status conference.


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