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Calif. deputies say they pummeled unarmed suspect with batons ‘to gain his compliance’

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Two sheriff’s deputies in Alameda County, California have come under criticism for their treatment of an unarmed car theft suspect caught on surveillance video, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The footage shows Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber catch up to 29-year-old Stanislov Petrov on foot after Petrov allegedly stole a car, then crashed into a patrol vehicle early on Nov. 12, 2015. Petrov is seen running, then stopping as the deputies reach him, and is quickly tackled to the ground.

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The deputies then begin battering him with their fists, then with their batons. Petrov was hit 31 times during the encounter, and was injured to the point where his attorney, Michael Haddad, said he will “never have full use of his hands again.”

“Fearing that Petrov was going to assault Deputy Wieber, I removed my collapsible baton,” Santamaria wrote in his report, which was only released following a public records request by the Center for Human Rights and Privacy. “I struck Petrov several times on his upper left arm to gain his compliance.”

However, footage released on Thursday does not show Petrov actively resisting; instead, he is seen at various points trying to move away from the beating, or kneeling with his hands over his head. In each instance, however, the deputies continue hitting him as backup arrives. At least one deputy can also be seen kicking Petrov as he lies prone on the ground.

The surveillance footage is the only record of the incident because none of the 11 deputies present for Petrov’s arrest had their body cameras turned on.

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“The deputies’ description of their encounter with Mr. Petrov does not match the surveillance video of the brutal beating released by my office,” San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said in a statement to the Contra Costa Times.

Adachi also said the deputies’ actions regarding their body cameras were disturbing.

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“I do not believe that is a coincidence, but an attempt to cover up their misconduct,” he said. “I urge the San Francisco District Attorney to file criminal charges against these officers.”

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, Sgt. Ray Kelly, said it was already reviewing its procedure regarding body cameras before the encounter with Petrov, and has since changed it to require officers to have their cameras on during interactions with the public.

Kelly also said that officials recovered a loaded gun and drugs from the car Petrov allegedly stole.

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Watch the incident, as posted online by Photography Is Not A Crime, below.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

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One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.

Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.

Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.

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