Sheriff Donny Youngblood: Cause of David Silva's death was accidental

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that the cause of death for David Silva was accidental. The coroner's report showed Silva to have died of cardiac hypertension.

Youngblood said that there was amphetamine and methamphetamine
found in Silva's system and that Silva had Vicodin and other drugs in his pocket.

Youngblood blames the media and says, "They raced to be first; not to be right."

Youngblood continued saying that all of the baton strikes used by the deputies were within policy and none of the strikes were to the face or neck.

He said, "The media is who controls the emotion."

Youngblood continued saying that deputies had to have extra protection and guards as there were threats against them.

Youngblood said that Silva's BAC was .095 and had methamphetamine, amphetamine, ethanol, clonazempam, and caffeine in his system.

Youngblood said that during the struggle, a K9 was deployed and Silva grabbed the dog around the neck and began choking the dog.

Youngblood said that only 3 of the deputies involved deployed any baton strikes.

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Chain Cohn Stiles, the law firm that represents the Silva family released a statement Thursday after the press conference.

Cohn said, "Our law firm has received a report from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office coroners report as it relates to the death of David Silva.
Now that we have a copy of the report we will forward it to our experts.  Our experts will conduct their own independent investigation to determine the cause and manner of death.
We thank the community for the support of the Silva family.”

Original Story:

Sheriff Donny Youngblood is holding a press conference at 3 p.m. Thursday, regarding the alleged beating death of David Silva at the hands of his deputies.

Silva was allegedly beaten to death on May 8 by Kern County Sheriff's Deputies.

A search warrant obtained by 23 ABC shows Silva was in the triage area at Kern Medical Center several hours before the incident and was referred to the Mary K Shell Center across the parking lot.

Sheriff's investigators asked the judge for the security camera footage from both facilities as well as any medical records.

The warrant shows detectives took footage from both and 32 pages worth of records from KMC.

Detectives say they need the evidence as they try to determine if Silva was having a medical emergency or a mental health crisis at the time of his arrest.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood has announced he will hold a press conference regarding the investigation on May Thursday at 3 p.m.

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