Two Alameda County sheriff's deputies facing felony charges in the beating of a suspect following a high-speed chase last November pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court.
Deputy Luis Santamaria, a 14-year-veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, and Deputy Paul Wieber, a three-year veteran, were charged earlier this month with assault under color of authority, battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.
The charges resulted from a beating videotaped last Nov. 12 after deputies had pursued car theft suspect Stanislav Petrov, 29, from unincorporated San Leandro into San Francisco.
The pursuit ended near Stevenson and 14th streets in San Francisco's Mission District after Petrov ran out of gas and crashed the car. The beating occurred a short distance away at the corner of Stevenson and Clinton Park. Petrov suffered injuries, including a concussion, broken bones in both hands, a mild traumatic brain injury and deep cuts to his head.
The incident came to light after San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released surveillance video of the beating, calling for charges to be filed against the deputies.