• Petitioned Bakersfield Police Department

This petition was delivered to:

Bakersfield Police Department
Kern County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Donny Youngblood
U.S. Attorney General/Department of Justice
Eric Holder (U.S. Attorney General/Department of Justice)
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Rep. Jackie Speier

Kern County Sheriff's Office: Immediate dismissal and prosecution of officers

    1. Stephanie Lada
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Lada

      Warren, MI

David Silva, father of four, was beaten to death by the Kern County police. The officers then began harassing and arresting witnesses, after illegally entering homes to confiscate video evidence of their actions. Witnesses state that Silva screamed and cried for help for eight minutes before going silent and making only choking sounds. A half-dozen Kern County sheriff’s deputies were beating Silva with clubs and kicking him, according to witnesses. At least two witnesses captured video of the beating, but before they could send the videos to news media outlets, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office took their phones before a warrant for them had even arrived. While the incident is being investigated, six deputies and a sergeant who were there during the encounter with Mr. Silva have been allowed to return to full duty while the episode is investigated. Two California Highway Patrol officers were also present. One witnesses account of the aftermath is as following; the witness stated she and her boyfriend were kept from leaving the house for three hours. When her boyfriend tried to leave for work, a detective shoved him, closed the door and told him to hand over his phone, she said. Eventually he did. The brutality and abuse of power by law enforcement must come to an end.

Recent signatures


    1. What Cop T-Shirts Tell Us About Police Culture

      Stephanie Lada
      Petition Organizer

      No surprise Bakersfield is mentioned in this very disturbing article.

      What Cop T-Shirts Tell Us About Police Culture

      Earlier this week, an anonymous public defender sent Gothamist this photo of an NYPD warrant squad officer wearing a t-shirt with a pretty disturbing quote from Ernest Hemingway: The Village Voice reports that the quote was also printed on t-shirts worn by NYPD's infamous Street Crimes Unit, which was disbanded after shooting unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo 41 times in 1999 as Diallo reached for his wallet.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Questionable Autopsy Determines David Silva Died of Heart Disease, not Depu

      Stephanie Lada
      Petition Organizer
      Questionable Autopsy Determines David Silva Died of Heart Disease, not Deputy Beating

      The Kern County Coroner - who reports to the Kern County Sheriff - determined that Kern County deputies did not cause the death of a 33-year-old man whom numerous witnesses said was beaten viciously with batons before he was hogtied and slammed to the ground several times.

    5. Officers May Have Deleted Cell Phone Video Of Fatal Police Beating

      Stephanie Lada
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached over 500 signatures on this petition and it was featured in a column for The Bakersfield Californian. Please keep this circulating as best you can. Your support is truly appreciated!!

      Officers May Have Deleted Cell Phone Video Of Fatal Police Beating

      Cell phone video of an incident in which police beat a man who died a short while later has been released after being confiscated by law enforcement officers. However, questions remain about the possible existence of a second video.

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Witnesses to David Silva's death say they suspect a cover-up

      Stephanie Lada
      Petition Organizer

      To all the supporters of this petition, we've got to keep this going to make sure these officers come to justice! Your help is appreciated!

      Witnesses to David Silva's death say they suspect a cover-up

      BAKERSFIELD, CA - Eyewitnesses say they smell a cover-up in the disappearance of cell phone video that, they say, shows the beating and death of a man in Sheriff's Department custody last week. The Sheriff was so concerned he asked the FBI to step in and see if the video was deleted or if the file even existed.

    8. David Silva's death gains national attention

      Stephanie Lada
      Petition Organizer

      Notice at the end of this article, it is stated that the officers involved are on PAID administrative leave. Unacceptable!

      David Silva's death gains national attention

      BAKERSFIELD, CA - The controversial arrest of David Silva has received national attention. News organizations across the country have picked up the story. Some people who don't live in the area have taken out their frustrations by threatening Kern County employees. The confiscated cell phone videos have people talking on national news outlets, talk radio, blogs and in newspapers.

    9. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Peter Walters CARTHAGE, NY
      • 7 months ago


    • Eric Huffstedtler OXNARD, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Because, I think that an officer should not be able to do whatever they want to do and get away with it just by virtue of the fact that they are an " OFFICER " of the law. I;ve had it happen to me, in a very minor way, in the form of a traffic citation, where the officer told me one thing and then the judge something completely different. When I contested what he said to the judge, he just told me " We have to believe our officers. " to which I asked " Even if he's a lying Son of a Bitch!? " The judge just sad " yes "... That was just a small insignificant thing compared to the things going on now, like the Kelly Thomas murder or the most recent I know of before this, Carson, Ca. police beat to death a man. You get raised all your life while growing up to trust the police, then when you get to be an adult, you find that you can't. I know that they're not all bad, but there are more than enough that are!

    • Claudia Razzook ROMNEY, WV
      • 8 months ago

      no one is above the law

      our country, liberty and justice for all, this wAS NOT JUST

    • Jeffrey Williams SYLACAUGA, AL
      • 9 months ago

      Being paralyzed, I am always getting assaulted and harrased by AtlantaPolice , and Im tired of this type of savage treatment throughout this land...

    • John Hunter ALB, NM
      • 9 months ago

      I am also interested in the judge who gave the warrants for the video evidence to be confiscated.


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