Bakersfield Californian 2013/05/23: Sheriff sees only perfection in Silva case

Discussion in 'Media Coverage & Other Related Materials' started by M, May 24, 2013.

  1. M

    M Muckraker Staff Member

    Great opinion piece by the Bakersfield Californian's writers ...

    I can't do this justice by quoting a few lines. Please go to their site & read the entire editorial.

    Bakersfield Californian (5/23/2013): Sheriff sees only perfection in Silva case

    As accidental deaths go, David Sal Silva's is one of the most unusual you'll ever hear about. Hog-tied, beaten with batons and held down by as many as nine sheriff's deputies and CHP officers, Silva, in a startling coincidence of tragic timing, died suddenly of chronic hypertension.

    That's right: Silva's May 8 death has officially been classified as accidental.

    As stunning a revelation as that might be, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, speaking at a Thursday afternoon news conference about the in-custody death that made national headlines, delivered a statement that truly takes us aback:

    The Silva case is the clearest example yet of why the Sheriff's Office does not need an incident review panel that includes ordinary citizens.

    ...

    Everyone was at fault here except law enforcement ... In other words, Youngblood gave no ground. Criticisms of his department were completely and utterly without merit. News conference adjourned

    ... surely a review panel with two or three citizen members would see it, too -- and the public would be at least somewhat more comfortable with a case that has so many red flags it looks like a Soviet May Day parade.


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