SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced Thursday that his office had reconsidered two former Alameda County Sheriff’s MPs for flogging prosecutor Stanislov Petrov in a San Francisco alley in 2015.
Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber were due to face charges on Thursday afternoon, including assault by an officer, aggravated assault, assault with a fatal weapon, and numerous improvements in aggravated assault and use of a gun.
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“My office has shown an ongoing commitment to police accountability when officers break the law. At the same time, we’re working to quickly exonerate officers who have behaved lawfully,” Boudin said in a press release. “We remain committed to pursuing the case against the Alameda County Sheriff’s MPs as this is a egregious example of police brutality. We continue to take responsibility for these MPs for the unjust and irresponsible blows to an unarmed man. “
The charges stem from an incident on November 12, 2015, in which Santamaria and Wieber chased Petrov over the Bay Bridge into the streets of San Francisco in a high-speed chase from an unincorporated area of Alameda County.
The persecution ended on Stevenson Alley, where MPs followed Petrov on foot.
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The prosecutor’s office said that when Petrov slowed and raised his hands to surrender, Santamaria and Wieber allegedly grabbed him in the street and hit him with their fists and batons. All along, Petrov allegedly asked for help.
A private surveillance camera captured the incident and showed MPs beating Petrov over the head, hands, body and legs with their batons more than 30 times. He suffered severe head injuries, several broken bones, and was bleeding profusely.
The case was close to trial in March 2020, but a key law enforcement witness became unavailable for medical reasons and the court denied prosecutors’ request to continue.
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As a result, the prosecution requested a “first release,” which can be used to retrial a crime.