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David Sal Silva: Man Beaten By Police Died ‘Begging For His Life’

David Sal Silva Killed In Struggle With Officers

David Sal Silva died “begging for his life” as he struggled and was beaten by as many as nine police officers, witnesses say this week.

The 33-year-old father of four young children died early Wednesday after Bakersfield, California, police officers responding to a report of an intoxicated man beat Silva. Deputies say the man fought with them and with California Highway Patrol officers, but witnesses and family members dispute that account.

The official police account of events is that Davis Sal Silva resisted police officers, leading them to deploy a canine and use batons to subdue him. Silva later had trouble breathing and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Witnesses say they took cellphone video of the incident, but deputies moved in quickly to take the phones. Those witnesses say they watched police beating a helpless man to death.

“My brother spent the last eight minutes of his life pleading, begging for his life,” said David’s brother Christopher Silva, who spoke to witnesses but was not there the night his brother died.

Witnesses say even as Silva pleaded for help, police did not stop striking him.

“When I got outside I saw two officers beating a man with batons and they were hitting his head so every time they would swing, I could hear the blows to his head,” said Ruben Ceballos, a neighbor who was awakened by the sound of screaming.

On Friday an attorney representing the Silva family held a new conference, expressing concern that police could tamper with the videos that were seized.

“Those videos that were taken are the most important piece to this case and another main concern is that those videos aren’t altered or destroyed by the Sheriff’s Department,” said David Cohn, of the firm Chain, Cohn, Stiles.

Video of the incident and an audio tape of a 911 call, both released by KERO television, seem to corroborate the witnesses. The video, taken from a surveillance camera from a distance, appears to show someone being struck repeatedly with a stick as other law enforcement vehicles join the scene.

The 911 call shows witness Sulina Quair saying, “There is a man laying on the floor and your police officers beat the (expletive) out of him and killed him. I have it all on video camera. We videotaped the whole thing.”

The Sheriff’s Office identified the officers involved in the arrest as Sgt. Douglas Sword and deputies Ryan Greer, Tanner Miller, Jeffrey Kelly, Luis Almanza, Brian Brock, and David Stephens.

A representative from the Sheriff’s Office said they will not comment on the David Sal Silva case until the investigation is over.

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22 Responses to “David Sal Silva: Man Beaten By Police Died ‘Begging For His Life’”

  1. Kirk Montrealer

    here comes some paid leave for some monster asshole cops- officers have right to take your cellphone..
    fire the assholes..now.

  2. John Cerullo

    Cellphone taking should end in jail time for the police. The laws preventing this kind of video taking are among the most disgusting in what is sometimes jokingly called "our society." Certainly if the cell phone videos are not available in their entirety, the cops are guilty.

  3. Penny Buck Madison

    So sick and tired of reading stuff like this. Each and every officer needs to be jailed, fired with no benefits, retirement, nothing. Just a nice small cell for a very long time. They also need charged with theft of personal property of those who caught this on their phones. The city of Bakersfield needs to be sued as well for the hiring of these so called peace officers. smh

  4. Diana Gonzalez

    I'm so sick and tired of cops taking advantage of the power they have. This isn't right. This man had four children! He was only 33 years old! Why do these things continue to happen?

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  6. Dan Quick

    stupid asses….there is video everywhere you cant get away with your bullshit anymore.

  7. Ryan Christopher Newton

    All of them need to be tried and executed, if the law permits. That was a violent crime and needs to be treated more seriously than an average one. That is the authorities abusing their power over another citizen to literally get away with murder. No comment, of course. Not even a "we are sorry about the family's loss and will do everything in our power to see justice done." Have a fucking heart and drop the protecting murderers crap.

  8. Ryan Christopher Newton

    All of them need to be tried and executed, if the law permits. That was a violent crime and needs to be treated more seriously than an average one. That is the authorities abusing their power over another citizen to literally get away with murder. No comment, of course. Not even a "we are sorry about the family's loss and will do everything in our power to see justice done." Have a fucking heart and drop the protecting murderers crap.

  9. Rob Crawford

    Cowards 9 on one with weapons too pussies your day will come and youll get it ten fold fkn cowardscowards

  10. Joe Papp

    I truly hope the corrupt police assassins are held accountable for their criminal misdeeds, and that our fellow citizens finally awaken to the danger that is unchecked police power, but I doubt they will… :/ condolences to the family of the deceased. What a senseless death…one of many I'm sure.

  11. Joe Papp

    i can understand why citizens would be reluctant to stand-up to the police, especially after witnessing a man being beaten to death in front of them, but damn it, why didn't those civilians refuse to turn over their phones? They had every right not to allow confiscation. I would've been emailing the video and uploading it to FaceBook as I ran away as fast as I could. Then, at least, the historical record would've been preserved. Now no doubt the police will destroy the evidence and NOT use it to hold accountable their own criminal brothers!

  12. Joe Papp

    It's only recently that I've come to understand why NWA sang "Fuck the Police"…

  13. Eryn Stilp

    Every cop involved should be charged with murder, and have to personally, physically stand in front of his children and apologize for killing their dad.

  14. Eryn Stilp

    Every cop involved should be charged with murder, and have to personally, physically stand in front of his children and apologize for killing their dad.

  15. Christopher Long

    u know thats just awful, and ive always felt kinda guilty, because it has never mattered to me, if they die, i'd hear about one getting killed, wouldnt even bat a eye at it, but seeing this, and the video on the link page… they think there uniform and badge puts them above the law… i hope all of them go to prison for homicide

  16. Christopher Long

    u know thats just awful, and ive always felt kinda guilty, because it has never mattered to me, if they die, i'd hear about one getting killed, wouldnt even bat a eye at it, but seeing this, and the video on the link page… they think there uniform and badge puts them above the law… i hope all of them go to prison for homicide