Alleged Murder of David Silva by 8 Policemen


9 CHP police apparently beat man to death on the street, arrest witnesses, confiscate video evidence which then gets erased. David Silva left apparently dead, laying on street 20 minutes before an ambulance arrives.

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Announcement that video is missing and FBI are brought in.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office has ruled the in-custody death of a Bakersfield man as accidental. Investigators say they followed agency protocol that included the use of batons to control David Silva.

Investigators say bruises found on Silva's face was a result of him falling down the night of the incident and nothing else.
"When you mix drugs with other drugs, it can cause erratic behavior and in this particular case, the deputies described someone who was under the influence of meth and other drugs and was extremely strong, was extremely large and it took this number of deputies to control him to keep him from hurting himself or hurting deputies," said Youngblood.

The sheriff blames the media for creating hysteria in the community concerning the way deputies arrested Silva.

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