Sheriff’s Deputies Seize Eye-Witness Video After Beating Man to Death

Picture: Shepard Fairey (C)

Picture: Shepard Fairey (C)

Surveillance for thee, but not for me, says the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

The Bakersfield Californian:

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 Kern County Sheriff’s Office says Silva resisted, a canine was deployed, more law enforcement arrived, batons were used and the man later had trouble breathing. He was taken to KMC, where he died. An autopsy was slated for Thursday, but no results have been released.

Some witnesses apparently took cellphone video of the incident but deputies moved quickly to seize the phones. The Sheriff’s Office, after releasing a statement Wednesday and naming its officers Thursday, declined all further comment.

People who say they witnessed the incident as well as Silva’s family members described a scene in which deputies essentially were beating a helpless man to death. They were indignant that cellphone video had been taken away by deputies.

“My brother spent the last eight minutes of his life pleading, begging for his life,” said Christopher Silva, 31, brother of the dead man. He said he’s talked to witnesses but did not see the incident himself.

Read the article before they claim it as evidence, too.

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  • echar

    I hope these son of a bitches get thrown in prison, although I doubt it.

  • emperorreagan

    So essentially, if you take video of something like this you need to upload immediately and kick your phone down a storm drain or something.

    • echar
      • BuzzCoastin

        streaming & storing to the cloud should be a default setting
        for stuff like this

        • echar

          Agreed. What about police badges with highly visible QR codes? They are public servants, so their background and ID should be accessible to all while on duty. That way we can know who has been written up for violence, and other crimes that would throw a wrench in the average person’s life.

          • BuzzCoastin

            no “public servant” will willingly be policed
            it is wee who will have to police the pigs

  • BuzzCoastin

    the automobile created the police state
    possibly the cell phone cam will end it
    the pigs can’t fight the cctv’s eye anymore than wee can

    • Xaiver Buchs IV

      We can’t, they can. And they just did. Again.

  • TaoScotty

    ACLU app with audio and video upload to ACLU. Available for Android and iPhones

  • TaoScotty

    How can it be illegal to fight back with a rogue cop? It is mans natural born right to defend his life from an aggressor, when doing nothing wrong, even if it’s a cop.

  • VaudeVillain

    Like responding to most emergencies, properly dealing with such a scenario requires at least two people working in cooperation. The first person is tasked with being a responder, addressing the problem head on: in this case, recording the events and, if there is not a third person available, making direct verbal communication with the offending swine that they are violating the law and must stop immediately (this needs to be recorded, so that there can be no question that they knew such a complaint had already been issued). The second needs to call an attorney, possibly several, and must do so at the first possible opportunity.

    In the case of three or more, a snap decision must be made regarding a) who has the greatest ability to command or intimidate (but not threaten, they will not respond well to an apparent physical threat) the cops and b) which camera(s) has/have the highest quality video and audio. Under no circumstances should more than one person directly confront the police or they WILL get spooked at start shooting. The highest quality recordings are the highest priority, and need to be protected: people with bad cameras may need to draw attention to their footage and delay police actions in order to ensure better recordings are preserved.

    It is imperative that everyone works together in a crisis, keeps their wits, and makes sure that the footage shows calm, but insistent protest matched by inappropriate and aggressive police action. The situation must be cooled in order to provide time for calming agents to arrive (note that in many cases this can include more police, reinforcements are likely less frustrated and carry less immediate baggage into the situation; this may not always be enough, and certainly should not be counted on to resolve things by itself, but you can’t stop them anyway and trying to do so will DEFINITELY make things worse), and it is absolutely counterproductive to agitate any police presence any further than they already have been. they are humans with human emotions, and failing to keep this under consideration will only escalate things.

    Speaking of which: DO NOT ESCALATE THINGS. If you assault or insult a police officer, you will make the situation worse, not better. Under no circumstances should anyone initiate violent confrontation, doing so can get people killed. Seriously, don’t do it.

    Ultimately, somebody might get hurt, imprisoned, even killed, and if you are involved, that somebody might be you. If you aren’t willing to sacrifice, you should just walk away: if you aren’t willing to risk your life over it, then it is tautologically not worth it. You will likely feel like shit if you do this, cowardice has a price, weigh it against the possibility of dying. Reality can be hard.

    In the event that the police come after you, DO NOT RUN AWAY. State your rights, then shut your mouth. Don’t answer any questions except to plead the 5th, and do not stop recording. Put down your camera if ordered, but do not stop hit stop. You might still capture meaningful audio or even video. If they move to arrest you, LET THEM. If you cannot handle this, consider the previous paragraph and just walk away.

    Also, whenever possible, save to a remote location and/or to non-removable media. If given the chance, lock or turn off your device immediately before it is confiscated (but not a moment sooner than absolutely necessary). Remove the battery if possible, as this will slow any effort to delete the evidence, potentially allowing outside interference to prevent it from happening.

    If anyone at all requests the video, provide them with a copy, but until you have made multiple verifiable backups do not relinquish possession of the original. If your device is going to be confiscated by force in spite of your protests, insist that it be immediately tagged and sealed as evidence. You might not get it back, but forcing them to go through proper procedure makes it (somewhat) less likely that they will tamper with the evidence. Again, try to make the process take as long as possible and force them to dot every ‘i” and cross every “t”, this buys time for the situation to cool off and makes it more likely that everyone walks away in one piece.

  • barney_j_rubble

    Let’s see….A find upstanding citizen and all around ‘cool guy’ goes down to the store every morning to get a beer. By midnight he’s so intoxicated he’s laying in the grass and someone calls the police. When the officer arrives this ‘cool guy’ resists the officer and his dog, K9. In a neighborhood well known for shootings, stabbings, gang activity, drugs, general thuggery and all around dislike for law enforcement types, the officer calls for backup. Nine officers total, from two different agencies, arrive to subdue this uncooperative individual. One of the witnesses is high on PCP and so paranoid a friend transports him to the hospital where he is subsequently arrested. Another witness also confirms that Mr. Cool Guy started out resisting but subsequently became “quieter”. Yeah, that defiantly sounds like a clear case of ‘police brutality’. How much money is your attorney asking for? I rest my case.

    • Matt Staggs

      Cop-like typing detected.

      • barney_j_rubble

        Ignorant-like typing detected. Your crystal ball messed you up this time Junior..

    • gsm

      Still doesn’t excuse the fact that 9 people beat 1 defenceless person to death. If he was being uncooperative the cops could have handled it better instead of smashing his skull while calling in reinforcements. “One of the witnesses is high on PCP and so paranoid a friend transports him to hospital where he is subsequently arrested.” What about all the other witnesses who saw him laying prone begging for his life while these thugs murdered him?

    • Xaiver Buchs IV

      Drunk guy gets beat to death by 9 cops. Either the cops are pussies or the drunk guy was Jet Li.

      Here’s hoping the cops go to death row for murder.

      • barney_j_rubble

        You watch too much TV

    • http://twitter.com/tommymuldoon Tommy Muldoon

      Clear cut. No reason to confiscate phones then.

  • Xaiver Buchs IV

    The Constitution is null and void.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vulte2000 Justin Hill

    SHOOT EVERY ONE OF EM IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD EXUCUTION STYLES. they want to use the threat of death if we do not cooperate with them. how bout they have the same threat of death if they do not cooperate with us!!!

    • http://www.macewan.org macewan

      gets my vote

  • Ittabena

    So, the message for today is that Cellphones are A-OK when they threaten to give you cancer, but not when they threaten to give you justice.

  • http://www.macewan.org macewan

    It’s important that people have the right apps on their phones BEFORE witnessing such things. Especially so if they live in an area where pussies with badges prance around flinging their arms about. Video for Twitter? I use Vine app. http://get.vine.co

    Vine: here