BAKERSFIELD, CA - Sheriff's detectives now have their hands on some of David Silva's medical records. They also have video of what could be his last moments in front of Kern Medical Center and the Mary K. Shell Mental Health Center.
The videos and records were released Friday afternoon after a judge reviewed the materials. The Sheriff's Department requested the video and records in a search warrant last week.
Judge Thomas Clark would not say what the materials reveal, only that nothing violates privacy laws. The hearing was held Friday afternoon.
The Sheriff's Department initially asked the judge for all of David Silva's medical records at KMC. The judge decided to only release records of treatment after Silva's confrontation with deputies.
Deputy County Counsel Mark Nations said the videos turned over Friday only show Silva prior to his encounter with law enforcement. Nations said requesting video like this through a judge is uncommon. He said the county did it, not because the medical centers opposed releasing the records and video, it just wanted to go through the proper channels.
"It's a balancing act where you're trying to balance patients' rights with law enforcement. So, what you do is give it to a judge and the judge makes the call," said Nations.
Nations said some believe the night Silva died he visited the Mary K. Shell Mental Health Center then Kern Medical Center. Nations said the Sheriff's Department wants videos from those places to determine what Silva did leading up to his death.
If criminal charges come out of the Sheriff's Department investigation, the judge said the videos and records can be used in court.
17 News asked for copies of the records and videos. The Sheriff's Department declined our request.