In Bakersfield, a muted response to beating by deputies

Since the May 8 beating of David Sal Silva, who later died, residents have remained largely silent while a public outcry grows elsewhere in the state.

By Diana Marcum, Paul Pringle and Richard Winton

Article ReprintBakersfield deputies

BAKERSFIELD — After the last twisting drop of the Grapevine pass, the road stretches flat out past fields, fast-food restaurants and tractor lots to this Central Valley city that likes to emphasize that it’s different from the rest of California.

It’s only 100 miles north of Los Angeles and less than three hours from the coast, yet many people here say, “Well, that’s how we do it in Kern County.”

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