Newly released video allegedly shows fight between intoxicated man and law enforcement

Suspect later died at Kern Medical Center

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 23ABC News obtained video early Friday morning of what appears to be Wednesday's violent encounter between law enforcement and an allegedly intoxicated man who later died in-custody.

The video was shot by a security camera near the corner of Palm Drive and Flower Street in East Bakersfield and time-stamped May 8th, which is the same day of Wednesday morning's incident..



The grainy black and white video appears to show the alleged victim, David Silva, 33, lying on the ground.  Another person is then seen walking up to Silva and attempting to pick him up.  Both men appear to scuffle, and after a few minutes, Silva is seen being struck with an object.

Other cars are seen arriving at the scene with lights flashing on top of them.  Several other men are then seen in the video, also striking Silva more than a dozen times with objects.  Silva is then seen being taken into custody.

Kern County Sheriff's officials say Silva developed breathing problems following the fight and was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he died less than an hour later.

At least two other witnesses told 23ABC deputies confiscated their cell phone video of the encounter.  They have now hired attorneys.

The person who supplied the video to 23ABC said they were afraid to go on camera, but they said they were afraid of a cover-up by deputies and wanted "the truth to come out."

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