Just read an article in the L.A. Times today about Daniel Sal Silva, a father of four, who was beaten to death by 8 Kern County Sheriffs. According to 19 year old, Ruben Ceballos, Silva, “was screaming in pain…asking for help. He was incapable of fighting back…he was outnumbered, on the ground. They just beat him up.”
A woman who call 911, had this to say to the operator, “The guy was laying on the floor and eight sherrifs 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. These cops have no reason to do this to this man.”
Knowing that some witnesses had videotaped the incident, Sheriff officials detained two witnesses for several hours and were only released after they agree to surrender their cell phones to the Sherrifs.
To me, the Sherrifs are trying to cover up another one of their beatings. They may say that they want to see the video footage for their investigations. The hell with those “investigations!” A man is dead because 8 Sheriffs beat him to death! The only investigation needed is a criminal investigation on these Sheriffs.
Communities nationwide are tired of law enforcements internal investigations when one of their members ends up beating a civilian to death. One case that comes to mind is the case of a Kelly Thomas, a homeless man from Fullerton, CA, who was tased several times by Fullerton police and later died from his injuries. It was that incident that the community came out in rage and put pressure on the Fullerton police to discuss their horrible practice when it comes to dealing with members of our community who suffer from a mental illness.
I hope the community of East Bakersfield comes out in rage just the same way as the people in Fullerton did to put pressure on the Kern County Sheriffs.
If the 8 Sherrifs who killed Daniel Sal Silva are not held accountable, I hope the community of East Bakersfield will rise up and demand justice. It is moments like this that can spark an uprising. I don’t think the city wants one. If they don’t, they better do justice to this case.