- Associated Press - Friday, April 11, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Kern County sheriff’s deputies won’t face criminal charges over the death of a man they beat during an arrest.

District Attorney Lisa Green announced Friday that investigators found law enforcement used reasonable force and a coroner has ruled that 33-year-old David Silva died of heart disease.

Deputies confronted Silva last May while answering a report of an intoxicated man. The 260-pound Silva was struck with batons and bitten by a police dog during a protracted struggle.

He later complained of breathing problems and died.

The coroner found alcohol, amphetamine, methamphetamine and a muscle relaxant in his system.

The family is suing the county over Silva’s death.

Silva’s brother, Christopher Silva, told the Bakersfield Californian (http://bit.ly/Qe6FWv ) that he doesn’t believe the arrest account provided by authorities.

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