California man beaten by officers alleges police have a 'custom' of taking trophy photos of suspects they pummeled

Christopher Brennan, New York Daily News, August 1, 2016
Lawyers for a California man beaten by police have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the officers have a custom of taking trophy photos of suspects theyve bloodied. Stanislav Petrov was arrested in November after leading the Alameda County Sheriffs Office around the Bay Area in a chase that ended on a backstreet in San Francisco. Surveillance footage from a nearby business released by the citys public defender showed two officers repeatedly beating the unarmed 29-year-old with batons as he lay on the ground. Alameda deputies Paul Wieber and Luis Santamaria face charges including assault and aggravated battery, and said in their reports that they feared for their lives and that Petrov had reached for his waistband. Attorneys at Haddad and Sherwin LLP, who previously filed suit for the beaten man against the sheriffs office for excessive force, filed a federal case Monday saying that officers had infringed on their clients civil rights.

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