THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CULINARY POLITICS-ELEMENTAL NEWS OF THE DAY COMMENTARY-OPINION-SPORTS-FOODSERVICE FOR FRIDAY, MAY 06, 2016 BY CHEF KILGORE RANDALINI
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The Family of David Sal Silva finally got JUSTICE for his death
Bakersfield, CA, 05-06-2016 Friday: Back in 2013, we discussed the tragic mishap—no, murder—of an innocent man here in Bakersfield, California, David Sal Silva. Bea O’Malley and Elvin C. McCardle covered the story; it was one of those stories that divide communities and puts folks at one another’s throats because when someone passed out on the ground dies at the hands of the police and a canine unit, people want to know WHY?
On the night of May 07, 2013, Mr. Silva used drugs and alcohol and attempted to go to the county hospital to seek treatment but the admitting staff turned him away, not deeming his situation to be as problematic as he feared it might be. So, he left the hospital, crossed Flower Street and fell down comatose in a yard all in view of the hospital.
Well, someone called the cops and the cops arrived complete with a dog. About 3-4 officers showed up at the first call as the area surrounding the hospital is not always the best late at night so they come prepared for any contingency. Mr. Silva, lying on the ground, was unresponsive when the police attempted to wake him so they continued with more and more pushing and prodding to get him to his feet.
Silva attempted to get up but was in the midst of a panic attack, disorientation setting in as the officers continued attempting to get him to stand up. More cops showed up including a canine unit and a California Highway Patrol officer.
By now, a crowd was watching from a block or so away. They reported that the police rapidly became frustrated as they attempted to get the big man up. Silva weighed in around 300-plus pounds and the cops were not going to let him lie there all night.
As their frustration grew, the officers, slapped, struck, pushed, prodded, let the dog get in his face by which time, Mr. Silva was in a state of terror. The cops got down and hog-tied the big man using hobble restraints and then as they attempted to raise him up, they dropped him several times on the pavement from what they said was his ‘weight’ but with 7-8 cops attempting to get him up, that made little sense to anyone.
Spectators filmed the entire event with their cellphone cameras and by the time, the police realized that Mr. Silva was no longer breathing, they attempted to revive him all to no avail and there, 50 yards or so from the hospital, his life came to an end. By this time, the cops on scene had called in for officers with more rank to help them in the cover-up and as they arrived, they went after the onlookers and stripped them of their cameras right then or returned the next day to appropriate them as ‘evidence.’
We have had numerous people die at the hands of various law enforcement agencies here in California, people living here know not to mess with any member of any police agency as if they do, and they put their lives at risk. Still, no governmental entity from either Sacramento or from Washington, D.C. EVER comes here to monitor the strange goings on that occur within Kern County.
For the Bakersfield Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the individual towns’ law enforcement agencies, that is a great thing as it allows them to sweep numerous ‘miscarriages of justice’ underneath the carpet, so-to-speak. People live in a state of fear, they fear the cops stopping them and they sure as hell fear having a run-in with the law late at night as they have no wish for what happened to David Sal Silva happen to THEM.
Citizens also fear ending up in the county jail as we have had ‘mysterious deaths’ in the lockup late at night where people go into a holding cell and lo and behold, 8 hours later, the poor bugger is dead. We have seen a bevy of detention deputies charged with all sorts of misconduct just as we have seen officers put into prison for sexual misconduct out in the field. None of these examples bodes well for the city of Bakersfield and the county of Kern but that, folks, is how life has been here.
Well, the family of David Sal Silva just won a $3.4 million wrongful death lawsuit from the county of Kern as well as those involved in the tragic death of Silva. The law firm of Chain-Cohn-&-Stiles took the case and brought justice for the four young children and the mother of Mr. Silva and his loved ones. The county swears they having to pay out of all sorts of inaccurate and blasphemous hoodoo but it is, what it is, folks, NO one should die at the hands of the cops especially if that person is on the ground and then when they stir him, he begins having a panic attack!
Now, I realize the cops have a duty to ‘serve and protect’ the people so how is it worthy of dying for someone ON THE GROUND when he is unable to comply with the demands of eight cops and a dog looking down on him?
People, it was not as if Silva was running around with a machete attempting to kill and maim innocent people; whatever he ingested earlier in the night caused him to pass out on the ground. Is there not some way we could not call for fire department and paramedic personnel—people who have proper training at lifting dead weight from the ground to come and get someone such as Silva onto a gurney and then take him across the street to the hospital?
Folks, I hate to say it but the cops and the county of Kern have what happened to them coming to them and I, for one, am damned glad that Kern County had to pay $3.4 million out of their cash-strapped pocket to the family of Mr. Silva. I hope that in all future run-ins with the law, the victims or the criminals survive their encounters so the legal system can do what it has to do. No one should die as Mr. Silva did that warm May night back in 2013, NO one. See you tomorrow.
This is me back in the 1980's when I was a middle-aged chef working at a Grand Hotel in Southern California. I began my culinary career in the early 1960's after having spent some time in the United States Army. Presently, I am still working at a local country club somewhere in Kern County.
Chef Kilgore Randalini writes from Bakersfield, California.
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Randalini, Kilgore. “Just because Law Enforcement has the Power of Life and Death does not mean that People coming into contact with them should lose their Lives and in the Case of David Sal Silva, his Family won $3.4 Million from Kern County—YEAH!”
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