Yesterday, I got a call to come downtown. I was told that Robert Bates was on top of his trailer hooked to his box truck in front of the courthouse on the 3rd Avenue bridge and there were “cops all around”. When I got there I didn’t see any cops but I did see Bates on top of his trailer with a megaphone telling anyone who would listen his story.
All of this stems from a “false memorandum” Bates happened to pick up more than twelve years ago while at the Police Department on other business. A memorandum he has tried to get cleared up since he came across it.
But the last straw came for Bates after three plain clothed sheriff deputies came to his home last Tuesday morning with a warrant for a Robert Bates- the problem with their warrant was it wasn’t for the Robert Bates they just woke up and followed around the house “for at least a half an hour”. The officers basically had pie in their face and according to Bates “never even apologized”.
“I’ve tried it your way” Bates said “It doesn’t work”
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What are the risks of these paperless warrants? Police can show up at your house without a physical warrant in hand and take you to jail? Is there not a description of the person on these warrants? Photos? ANYTHING? Was it an honest mistake? Maybe, but it doesn’t seem like one when you look at it from Bates perspective. According to Bates he was just in court the day before talking to a judge about the mistakes made in his trial and in the room with him were several deputies.
Robert D. Bates would like to see an outside investigation done on the police. Several other outspoken Cedar Rapids personalities would as well. Even I tend to question the ethics of the police especially after my son was threatened and nothing was done about it. Why didn’t the police ask to look inside the trailer? Why were they gone so fast?
According to Bates the police never asked to see what he had in his trailer even though a case was dismissed against him for threatening to blow up the courthouse.
Bates is definitely not the young man the officers were looking for.