Last Tuesday, Maria Melendez witnessed a half-dozen sheriff’s deputies fatally beating 33-year-old David Sal Silva—hitting him with clubs and kicking him— in Bakersfield, California outside Kern Medical Center. She began to film the scene on her phone, yelling to the cops that she was filming them.
Melendez, who had been visiting her son at the hospital, reported that the deputies beat Silva for eight minutes as he screamed and cried for help. He was “basically pleading for his life,” said Laura Vasquez, another witness with Melendez. “Then we couldn’t see him anymore. That’s how many cops were on top of him.”
A spokesperson for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department says that Bakersfield Police Department officers had a warrant for both phones they confiscated last week. Law enforcement officials apparently plan to continue holding the phones, as part of the investigation into Silva’s death, and all of the officers involved have returned to full duty.
16:34 // 10 months ago
The women injured when Los Angeles police opened fire on them during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner have reached a $4.2-million settlement with the city, sources told The Times.
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich announced a settlement had been reached Tuesday afternoon. More details were expected at a 2 p.m. news conference.
Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers in Torrance on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers shot repeatedly at their blue Toyota Tacoma. Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass, an attorney for the women said.
We’re glad to hear that these two women will be taken care of financially, though they undoubtedly would have preferred simply not to be shot at. Still, it’s hard not to see this as a positive outcome, considering there was once some doubt they’d even get a new truck.
23:13 // 10 months ago
Investigators have reportedly found Christopher Dorner’s wallet beside charred human remains at the forest cabin where he made a last stand, giving California police some peace of mind as they prepared to bury their dead.
Scientists examined the remains on Wednesday to confirm they belonged to the fugitive who waged a bloody vendetta against law enforcement officers and their families.
The Los Angeles police department stood down from high alert and withdrew protection from most, though not all, of the officers believed to have been on Dorner’s hit list. He is believed to have killed four people and wounded three.
Christopher Jordan Dorner was on the run for six days, and stands accused of four murders during that same period period. His most recent victim, an unidentified San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy, died after exchanging gunfire with Dorner at the Big Bear cabin on Tuesday. The deputy’s partner remains in the hospital at this time, but is expected to make a full recovery.
14:54 // 1 year ago
Christopher Dorner was engaged in a shootout with federal authorities in the Big Bear area Tuesday, a law enforcement source told The Times.
The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.
The LA Times had a live stream of the developing situation at Big Bear
on the front page of their website (update: moved), but the video has been spotty at best for us the last few minutes. One officer is confirmed to have been wounded by Dorner, and it’s possible another has been shot and wounded as well.
16:46 // 1 year ago