Law Enforcement Day postponed in wake of Silva controversy

Law Enforcement Day postponed in wake of Silva controversy
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County Sheriff's Office has decided to postpone Law Enforcement Day, which it planned to host at its facility May 18.

The event is billed as a day for the community to tour the sheriff's facility, view demonstrations from specialized units and talk to the men and women who work "protecting the citizens of Kern County every day," according to the sheriff's office.

"Unfortunately due to recent events, the Sheriff's Office felt it would be appropriate to postpone the event," it said in a news release on Wednesday, referring likely to the controversial arrest of 33-year-old David Silva, who died while in custody May 8. Witnesses claimed deputies used excessive force during the arrest.

Law Enforcement Day will be rescheduled, the sheriff's office said.