Slowly but surely, the in-custody death of 33-year-old father David Sal Silva on May 8 in Bakersfield is gaining more online attention. A Change.org petition created last week is beginning to get noticed, after a local Bakersfield columnist wrote about it.
However, the petition has garnered only about 500 signatures, and it has a target of 25,000.
Here is the petition’s text:
The U.S. Senate
The U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Jackie Speier, CA-14
Sen. Barbara Boxer, CA
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, CA
Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General
Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Department
I am singing this petition for the immediate dismissal and prosecution of officers involved in the death of David Silva, harassment of witnesses, and illegal seizure of video recordings pertaining to the event. Action must be taken to show the American public that police brutality will not be tolerated and that our rights granted to us by the U.S. Constitution will be upheld by our elected leaders.
To add your name to the petition, you can visit Change.org here.