911 call: 'officers beat the (expletive) out of him and killed him'
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A 911 call was released Friday that further indicates Kern County deputies might have played a role in a suspect's death.
"There's a man laying on the floor, and your police officers beat the (expletive) out of him and killed him," the caller told the 911 dispatcher. "I have it all on video camera."
Full uncut 911 call
David Silva, 33, died just after midnight Wednesday, minutes after a confrontation with deputies. They reportedly tried to take Silva into custody for alleged public intoxication, and Silva allegedly fought and resisted arrest. The sheriff's office admitted to using "baton strikes" to gain control of the situation.
Friday morning, the coroner's office released its first post-autopsy comment, which left much unanswered: "After completing an autopsy, the cause of death is pending toxicology and microscopic studies."
Multiple witnesses have come forward, claiming to have witnessed an unwarranted episode of brutality.
"These cops had no reason to do this to this man," the 911 caller, only identified as "Selena," told the dispatcher.
Selena called the sheriff's office in the aftermath of the confrontation. She said at the time of the call that Silva had stopped breathing 22 minutes earlier. The emergency operator took the woman's phone number and said a watch commander would call her back.
Some witnesses have said alleged wrongdoing by the sheriff's office didn't stop with that night. One man claimed he was arrested for telling the media about what he witnessed, and one woman, who is related to Selena, said investigators were heavy-handed in trying to seize her eyewitness cellphone video.