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Within two hours after they had beaten a man to death, Kern County sheriff deputies realized their actions had been video recorded, so they tracked down the witnesses to an apartment and barged in, terrorizing them for hours until they handed over their cell phones.
It was 2 a.m. on a Wednesday and the deputies were not going to leave nor were they going to allow anybody else leave until they had confiscated the cameras that had recorded them beating a 33-year-old father of four after he had been found sleeping on someone’s front lawn last May.
David Silva and family
Earlier that night, a deputy had roused David Sal Silva by rubbing his knuckles against his chest, causing him to wake in a startled panic, according to a lawsuit filed by Silva’s common law wife, Tara Garlick, mother of his children.
But the deputy reported that Silva took a “rigid stance,” which made him fear for his life.
More deputies arrived and began beating him with their batons. California Highway Patrol officers also pulled up to the scene.
One deputy sicced his dog on him before they hog-tied him, leaving him on the ground until he stopped breathing before transporting him to the hospital, even though they were just across the street from the Kern County Medical Center.
In fact, a group of five people who did not know Silva were walking out of the hospital when they noticed the beating.
Two of them pulled out their phones to record. One called 911. That turned out to be a big mistake.
This is what Sulina Quair told the dispatcher:
“The guy was laying on the floor and eight sheriffs ran up and started beating him up with sticks. The man is dead laying right here, right now. I got it all on video camera and I’m sending it to the news.”
And that call is what led the deputies to Melissa Quair’s apartment later that night where they “continued to harass, threaten, intimidate, pressure, unlawfully touch, and/or assault those present, according to another series of lawsuits filed by the five witnesses against the Kern County Sheriff’s Office last week.
One witness, Francisco Arrieta, refused to hand over his phone, but offered to allow them to download a copy of the disturbing video that captured Silva’s horrifying …read more