A shroud of mystery is surrounding yet another case of police brutality.
This week 33-year-old David Silva was beaten to death by police. Let me say that again; David Silva was BEATEN TO DEATH by police. Police who are sworn to protect and serve. PROTECT and serve. Now, granted, not all the facts are out yet. I admittedly don’t know what Silva did to, apparently, PROVOKE such a savage beating that cost him his life. I don’t know what kind of person Silva was, I can’t claim he was an angel, a perfect parent, played a pivotal role in society. But did the police know that? Moreover, if they did, should that have mattered? There’s a reason many the facts aren’t out yet; because they are detrimental to the law enforcement involved.
Here’s what I DO know:
David Silva was allegedly intoxicated; something we can only know based off police reports. A deputy and a K9 unit were sent to an area when someone reported a possibly intoxicated man - being Silva. Again, a possibly intoxicated man. Deputy called for backup and SEVEN officers came to the scene. They reported Silva allegedly resisted (again, something we’ll never know) so the police had no other choice, apparently, but to take out their batons and beat the man repeatedly, until he died. Witnesses dispute the claim the attack was provoked. One witness said he was lying there screaming for help. Police seized witnesses’ cell phones after the attack (let’s call it what it is), and reportedly harassed some and arrested others on phony charges. The Sheriff’s department is alleging that Silva provoked the beating, but those who witnessed the events say otherwise. The police have a lot more to lose in this, so I’m prone to believe the conflicting reports.
I don’t judge those who witnessed the events and didn’t interfere too harshly, because in THIS situation their lives could have been on the line; a matter where police were not only on the scene, but causing the matter.
Here’s what else I know:
David Silva was a father of four. Those four children now have no father and when they find out why they’ll learn it was because police beat him to death.
Now, I am not one of those cop-hating people out to destroy the name of all officers involved in the law. I realize there are some good ones, great ones even. But like any group of people, there are good, and there are bad. Why the bad seeds in the police department are held in such a harsher light of criticism, however, is because they are above the law. They are entitled to that privilege where we must succumb to their word. They are given such important power that when it is abused it MUST be subjected to such scrutiny and put under a microscope being analyzed to the umpteenth degree. It is a shame they ruin it for the good ones, but that’s all the more reason we must look at our legal system, at our police system, and demand a change.
Still have questions? Look up Mario Romero. Another case that happened last year that deserves to be looked into.