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Video: Calif. Sheriff Accused of Excessive Force, Cover-up

May 14, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Deputies Use Batons In Kern County

The Kern County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department is fending off accusations its deputies fatally beat a suspect with batons as he lay on the pavement, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Community members used cell phones to record video of deputies striking 33-year-old David Sal Silva with repeated blows to the head early Wednesday, they told media outlets.

A Silva family attorney told the Times that deputies confiscated the videos from residents who were detained for several hours until they gave up the video.

"It makes it look like a cover-up," attorney David Cohn told the Times. "What we're all concerned about is, 'Are these videos going to be altered? Are they going to be deleted?'"

Sheriff Donny Youngblood said he has brought in the Bakersfield Police Department to review the videos to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Tags: California, Excessive Force, Using Batons


Comments (2)

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Capt. Crunch @ 5/14/2013 6:04 PM

Thank you Sheriff Youngblood, for making Kern county a safe place. It is good to see a Sheriff stand up for his deputies who are doing a great job.

lenny @ 5/16/2013 10:39 PM

@Captain Crunch,
I wish I could say I am surprised at at your comments. I come to this site from time to time to see if any cop has an intelligent or decent thing to say regarding any of the horrific law enforcement stories in the news. Nice to see that the most comments from LEO's are stories about people being put to death and the utter glee you all seem to feel. Yet when a citizen is put to death by you monsters you immediately expect the boss to cover for your brutality and to have evidence destroyed. Your above comment shows an entire lack of decency or compassion and people like you are why you're called pigs. Comments like yours make me feel that you would very much enjoy being one of the monsters that beat this man to death. You are an utterly disgusting human being.

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