Police Abuse

Video of Bakersfield Man's Deadly Beating from Police Missing off Seized Phone

Sheriff calls in FBI for further investigation


More analysis will determine if footage might be missing from a second cellphone that Kern County authorities seized from witnesses who shot video of sheriff's deputies beating a Bakersfield man who later died, one of the witnesses said Wednesday.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood called in the FBI earlier this week after discovering that another phone that witnesses said contained video of the David Silva beating had no footage. Youngblood said the second phone did have some video of the incident.

Both phones were returned to their owners Wednesday after the FBI examined them, said Melissa Quair, a witness who recounted watching the video on each device before deputies took them last week.