Fox News Latino 2013/05/24: California Man Beaten By Cops Died Of Heart Disease, Police Said

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    Another accounting of Donny "Deputy Dog" Youngblood's fanciful fairy tale ...

    Fox News Latino (5/24/2013): California Man Beaten By Cops Died Of Heart Disease, Police Said

    A California man whose death after a scuffle with police sparked a community outcry actually died of heart disease, not from the officers’ blows, police said Friday.

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    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that after an autopsy, Silva’s death had been ruled accidental by a pathologist, and the primary cause listed was hypertensive heart disease. The coroner also found alcohol and methamphetamines in Silva's system, Youngblood said.

    [Donny then proceeds to climb up higher on on his soap box & bash the media:]

    The sheriff announced the results at a news conference where he defended deputies and criticized the way news outlets have handled the case that has received attention both because of Silva's death and the confiscation of cell phone video shot by witnesses.

    "The media, in my opinion, raced to be first, didn't race to be right," Youngblood said. "The way this was handled in the media sent shockwaves all across the United States."

    [Yup, and those shockwaves are far from over.

    This is Donny "Deputy Dog" Youngblood's account of what happened to the person who only minutes earlier had been reported as sleeping on a lawn:]

    Youngblood gave a detailed account of the May 8 confrontation, saying a deputy answered a report of an intoxicated man, found Silva, and failed several times to lift him to his feet.

    He said Silva began to struggle, so the deputy released his police dog, which bit Silva and the deputy, spurring Silva to attack the dog and grab it by the throat.

    Two more deputies arrived in the minutes that followed and the three used batons to try to get control of Silva, who increasingly fought, bucked and violently resisted, according to Youngblood.

    Two other deputies arrived but did not use their batons. A pair of California Highway Patrol officers arrived and eventually used a hobble to control Silva's legs.

    [It generally not a good idea to abuse drugs and alcohol, but if you must, and if you happen to be in Kern County, try not to be found outdoors on someone's lawn. It could be very unhealthy experience in Kern County. Where I live you'd just be hauled off to detox or a medical facitity, but Kern County is not nearly so civilized.]

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