Saturday, April 2, 2016

CLAIM: San Francisco Police Bribe Homeless Witnesses

Think Progress informs:
A victim of police brutality in San Francisco alleges that the two offending officers bribed witnesses to keep quiet. Stanislav Petrov claims that the officers stole his gold chain, wallet, and a packet of crystal meth and offered the valuables to homeless people who saw the attack. The witnesses, Jerome Allen, and his wife, Haley Harris, corroborated the allegation on a local television news station on Tuesday.
The officers in question sparked public outrage last November after a public defender released security camera footage of the brutal attack. Surveillance footage from a nearby building shows two sheriff’s deputies, Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber, beating Petrov with their batons. The officers say Petrov rammed police vehicles with his car and led them on a high-speed chase. Petrov was hit 40 times in the video, but due to 10-second gaps in the footage, only half of the beating was recorded. Nine officers arrived at the scene as the beating concluded.
Santamaria and Wieber later filed reports that Petrov was resisting arrest, a claim that is refuted by video evidence. 

I don't see any homeless in this clip that needed to be bribed but this video is pretty surreal. It's like a scene out of The Bag Man:



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