$5.5 Million for Man Severly Beaten by Deputies on Video

Haddad & Sherwin LLP obtained an early $5.5 million settlement for a man who was severely beaten with metal batons by deputies. He was attempting to surrender after leading deputies on a 40-minute vehicle pursuit over the Bay Bridge in a suspected stolen car. Little did deputies know, their "Street Justice" beating was captured on a private surveillance camera, and led to the criminal prosecution of two deputies. A third deputy reportedly was fired from the sheriff's office for stealing a gold necklace from the victim and passing it off to witnesses to buy their silence.

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  • 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 sheriff’s 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.”

  • Sheriff's spokesman said, "The sticker price of the settlement is high but if you don't do policy right 100 percent of the time you have to pay for it."
    KTVU News, April 28, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. - OAKLAND (BCN) -- Alameda County has agreed to pay $5.5 million to an accused criminal to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that he fled after he was beaten by Alameda County sheriff's deputies in San Francisco in November 2015, his attorney and a sheriff's spokesman said Friday. Stanislav Petrov's attorney, Michael Haddad, said in a statement, "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." Haddad said Alameda County will pay $1 million of the settlement and the rest will be paid by the county's insurance policy. He said the money will be placed in a trust for Petrov and will be paid over his lifetime. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said, "The sticker price of the settlement is high but if you don't do policy right 100 percent of the time you have to pay for it."