LIVE: Family of David Silva files lawsuit

Silva was beaten by officers on May 8

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The family of David Silva is filing a lawsuit against local law enforcement today. 

On May 8, 33-year-old David Silva of Bakersfield, was allegedly beaten to death by six Kern County Sheriff's deputies and a sergeant, as well as two California Highway Patrol officers.

An autopsy stated the manner of Silva's death was accidental from hypertensive heart disease.

Chain Cohn & Stiles law firm of Bakersfield, is holding a press conference at their office on Truxtun Avenue to announce the filing of the claim on behalf of the Silva family.
(Read law firm's statement here:

David Cohn said that government claims are being filed against the Kern County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Donny Youngblood, the deputies who were involved as well as the California Highway Patrol office.

To read the full claim against Kern County, go here:

To read the full claim against the State of California, go here:

Cohn said the law firm has filed documents to receive dashcam video from the CHP, but said they were denied by the office.

Cohn said that the autopsy report doesn't showcase all known facts.

Cohn said that he wants to change the way law enforcement handles incidents in Kern County.

Cohn said that Silva was at Kern Medical Center before his death.

Cohn said that Silva was asked to leave KMC by a security guard and he complied. Cohn continued saying, "Why was it that (Silva) had no problem listening to the security," but there became a problem with the KCSD.

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