Man beaten by sheriff's deputies indicted on drug, weapons charges

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Stanislav Petrov was named in a federal complaint accusing him of possessing drugs and a gun.

The man who was beaten by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies last year was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.

The beating of Stanislav Petrov was caught on surveillance video following a high-speed chase that led authorities from the East Bay into San Francisco.

The indictment accuses Petrov of possessing a stolen gun and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The federal charges stem from a drug bust on March 8 at his home in Visitacion Valley. Petrov was arrested earlier this month after a shooting outside the home.

He has not been charged in that case.

The beating caught on video sparked controversy when a homeless couple in San Francisco said they were bribed by an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy to keep quiet about the beating they say they witnessed.