Investigations Launched Into Alameda County Deputies Beating
The beating of a suspected car thief by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies has prompted an investigation by three separate agencies after it was captured on security video last week.
In addition to the Sheriff Department’s own probe, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office have confirmed they are investigating the altercation that occurred Thursday in San Francisco’s Mission District following a high-speed car chase.
Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods said the suspect appeared to be surrendering when he was struck by deputies multiple times with batons. In the video, the man can be heard screaming, “Oh my God!” and “Please!”
"I was shocked, outraged and disgusted,” Woods said. “I counted over 30 baton strikes. I’m not sure what facts would justify that sort of brutal beating.”
According to Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a gun was recovered at the scene. The suspect is currently recovering at San Francisco General Hospital.
Read more about the investigations here.