Bakersfield Man Dies During Arrest, Eye Witness Video Footage Confiscated

In an incident reminiscent of the Kelly Thomas tragedy, an unarmed Bakersfield man was killed during an attempted arrest by local law enforcement.

Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating David Sal Silva for public intoxication. In total, nine officers of the Kern County Sheriff’s department and the California Highway Patrol beat Silva to death, as they claimed he resisted arrest. Several witnesses apparently captured footage of the beating on their cell phones. But, the cell phones were confiscated by deputies as evidence.

The Kern County Sheriff’s department released the following names of involved officers:

Ryan Greer
Tanner Miller
Jeffrey Kelly
Luis Almanza
Brian Brock
David Stephens

The CHP has not released the names of its officers involved in the arrest. More details here.



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