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Robert Bates Posts his First Youtube Video



Former City Council Candidate, Robert Bates, is continuing his battle to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He made a Youtube video of a phone call he made to the New York Associated Press on May 3, 2013 that became available to the public on May 5, 2013.

Robert Bates

False Memorandum

Fifteen years after he stumbled upon a memorandum with his name on it claiming he was violent and under a doctors care Robert Bates has made it his life mission to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Bates told CRSmells, Ajai Dittmar that he wants to clear his name. “I want to clear my name I am not a violent person” he says “I feel like the media has portrayed me as a mentally ill person who wasn’t on my medication but I am not on any medications at the time of the memorandum I wasn’t even under a doctors care.”

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

Robert Bates Robert Bates was charged with two felony counts of threats and an aggravated misdemeanor of first-degree harassment in 2009. He paid a $10,000 surety bond to get out of jail.Trish Mehaffey a journalist with the Gazette covered this case in 2011. Mehaffy wrote three articles in 2011 about Robert Bates but never once called him to ask him his side of the story. News reports aired over and over reminding everyone that “Robert Bates, 43, was charged with two felony counts of threats and one count of first-degree harassment.” Saying “he threatened to blow up the courthouse”.
I asked Bates if he’d ever been interviewed by Trish Mehaffey from the Gazette. He said “no, I’ve been trying to tell my side of the story but they won’t report it”.
On October 4, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “An assistant prosecutor told a judge Tuesday neither he nor the Linn County Attorney’s Office had any bias against a carnival business owner, who is accused of threatening to blow up the courthouse in 2009, and the case is being

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

handled fairly.”  Robert Bates asked for a change of venue based on the nature of the allegations to ensure he had a chance at a fair trial and he was denied.
In an article two days later on October 8, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Sosalla denies both motions based on lack of evidence presented by Bates. “Bates presented no evidence that any district judges had any personal knowledge of the disputed facts or that they were even aware of the alleged threats, Sosalla stated. He also failed to show any member of the Linn County Attorney or the Linn County Public Defender’s offices showed any bias or prejudice against him.”

I asked Bates why he made that request and he told me that he did it because if he did in fact make a threat to blow up the courthouse then everyone there

would have been a potential victim therefore it would be a conflict of interest. “I didn’t get a fair trial because the case didn’t even go to court”. Bates said. I asked him if he was relieved the charges were dropped and he told me “no I wanted my day in court to settle this matter once and for all but the case was dismissed”.

Robert Bates

One sided story

Mehaffy – March 2, 2012 “Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler said he requested medical records from Bates, which were provided last week. It was determined Bates was making “idle talk” and didn’t intend to present a “real” threat. Instead, Bates’ behavior stemmed from a medical condition, which means he wasn’t responsible for statements made.”

Mehaffy never mentions what this so called medical condition is. Bates says “it’s because it doesn’t exist”.

Bates speaking at a council meeting in 2009


My Top Five in 2012


March 6, 2012 The Local Option Sales Tax DEFEAT

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Voters took down the  Local Option Sales tax Election not just once but twice in two years!

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The mayor is still complaining because they weren’t able to secure the money they needed to continue to rob us.  If the money was used right there wouldn’t be so many houses that need worked on!

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March 2012 Officials Arrest Wrong Robert Bates

R0bert Bates wrongfully arrested– protests outside courthouse
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” after they arrested the wrong guy. 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.

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June 8, 2012

USS Liberty Memorial Service Held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the 45th Anniversary of the Horrible Attack

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June 24 2012 Dilapidated Tree Service Set on Fire for Second Time

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Neighbors Lit up over Fire by Public Works Building

There have been more than 40 Arson’s in Cedar Rapids and no arrests reported!

Aug 27, 2012 RON PAUL REVOLUTION

Snapshot 9 (11-18-2011 9-24 PM)Ron Paul draws more than 20,000 new voters into the Republican Party just in time for the caucus

Ron Paul motivated me to do things I’d never done for any other presidential candidate in my life.  He inspired me to become involved and to educate others about his message of liberty.  He is truly one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met.  I have nothing but respect for him and his time served in Congress.  He is the Champion of the Constitution.

Though we were able to secure the number of states we needed to get Ron Paul the nomination the rules at the Republican National Convention changed at the last minute! There is a petition to reverse that decision if you are interested in signing it! http://www.rlc.org/sign-the-petition-to-reverse-the-rnc-rule-changes/?referrer=100000901083914

Branstad was obviously wrong about Ron Paul supporting Romney

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