David Silva Dies from Beatings During Arrest by Kern County Police in Bakersfield California

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[Source: “Dad who died during arrest ‘begged for his life’; witness videos seized,” The Bakersfield Californian, 9 May 2013]

BY LAURA LIERA AND JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writers lliera@bakersfield.com; jkotowski@bakersfield.com

Blood stains are still visible on the sidewalk at the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive, where a Bakersfield man struggled with as many as nine officers and later died this week.

David Sal Silva, 33 and the father of four young children, died early Wednesday morning after deputies say he fought with them and CHP officers who’d responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man outside Kern Medical Center.

The question on everyone’s mind: Why hasn’t video footage of Silva been released?
Debate erupts over cell phone video of Silva beating by officers. Witness: “I can still hear him.”
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says Silva resisted, a canine was deployed, more law enforcement arrived…

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