Officials return cell phones with video regarding David Silva beating to witnesses

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The two cell phones confiscated from witnesses that reportedly contained video of deputies beating David Silva were returned to the attorney of the phone owners.

The clients' attorney, John Tello, told 23 ABC that he did have both cell phones.

On May 14, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the phones had been returned from the Bakersfield Police Department and were being sent to the FBI for forensic examining.



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.

In the video, a man, believed to be Silva, is lying on the ground, when several people can be seen striking Silva. 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.

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