Man beaten by Alameda County deputies settles suit for $5.5 million

David DeBolt, East Bay Times, April 28, 2017
OAKLAND A San Francisco man brutally beaten by Alameda County sheriffs deputies has settled his civil rights lawsuit for $5.5 million, his attorney said Friday. The November 12, 2015 beating of Stanislav Petrov led to the firings of three deputies, charges against two of them and department reforms after a high-quality video showing deputies in an alley in San Francisco striking Petrov some 40 times with batons went viral. The baton strikes left Petrov with broken bones, head trauma, blunt force injuries and permanent disability and disfigurement, attorney Michael Haddad said. We said we were going to hold Alameda County and the involved deputies accountable and we did, Haddad said. This result should serve as a deterrent to law enforcement officers who would abuse their authority and beat a man who was trying to surrender, as these deputies did.

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