KERO 2013/05/20: Cell phone video of alleged beating death of David Silva to be released

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    KERO 23 (5/20/2013): Cell phone video of alleged beating death of David Silva to be released

    Attorney Daniel Rodrigeuz said he will release cell phone video of the alleged beating death of David Silva that was confiscated by deputies. 23ABC is expected to receive a copy of the video at 3 p.m.

    [It's now after 5 p.m. on the west coast.]

    David Cohn, an attorney for Silva's children and parents, said his clients are concerned that the videos might be erased or destroyed, either accidentally or on purpose. He has not seen them.
    "If I'd heard that they'd given them to the FBI, ok," he told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "But the Bakersfield Police Department, whom they work with on a daily basis? It certainly doesn't have the look of impartiality."

    Cohn said the Sheriff's Department went "well beyond a reasonable search" in obtaining the videos, making no effort to ask for copies or voluntary cooperation from the witnesses. "They held these people hostage for several hours pending the serving of a search warrant. I've never heard of that before," he said.

    Melissa Quair told the Californian that two sheriff's detectives went to her home to confiscate her boyfriend's video of the beating, blocking the door to her apartment. "They used more force than was needed, and I told them that they didn't have permission to say who could go in or out of my house," Quair said.

    The detectives later confronted her mother, Maria Melendez, outside her daughter's home and ordered her to turn over her phone. "My mom is disabled and has a lot of doctor and medical numbers stored in her phone," Quair said. "But the detectives didn't care, and they told my mom to write all her contacts down on a piece of paper, and while she did, they watched her like hawks."

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