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No Criminal Charges for Police in Salvadar Death


Randi Shannon– A former Senate Candidate posted this story from KCRG on my Facebook wall  yesterday with this comment:  “Died from positional asphyxia? And he was handcuffed in their vehicle? And they aren’t guilty. I’ve not had any of my friends die from too much alcohol (not saying it doesn’t happen), and I’ve never known anyone to drink and then repeatedly slam their own head until they go comatose and then die. I think the factors are the ‘alone’ time he had w/the cop. Something stinks about this story and i think someone is getting away with murder that is walking around with a badge. I also noticed KCRG isn’t allowing any comments on the story which is interesting since they let me get slaughtered when i ended my race. Collusion. Be safe out there the cops are DANGEROUS to your health!”

my 2 centsCedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) is liable in Salvadar’s death.  He was in their custody when he died.  It doesn’t matter how he died– they are liable. Salvadar’s family isn’t alone.   The family of Desirae Daniel. a woman shot and killed by Cedar Rapids police officers on December 4, 2012 also expressed frustration with the way  CRPD handled that investigation. Desirae’s mother learned about her daughters death from the Gazette. Why didn’t CRPD contact her?  I would hate to find out my child died by them!  I would also like to know if both incidents involved car #40.

I would like an outside investigation on both incidents and on internal affairs within the police department.  KCRG didn’t have an exclusive video with the Salvadar family but KGAN did!  We all know who KCRG caters their news to and it’s not the pioneers or lifelong residents of CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa.  Salvador’s brother is right, it will come out.

EXCLUSIVE: Saldivar Family Speaks, Says Paul’s Death No Accident

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CBS 2/FOX 28 — Paul Saldivar’s family is speaking out, saying they believe his death was not an accident.  CBS 2/FOX 28 first told you Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed in Saldivar’s death.  Police arrested him in May for public intoxication, and on the way to jail, he became unresponsive.  Saldivar was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
The family said they feel shocked, but not surprised at the outcome of that investigation. Now, they are standing together after the report sent out Wednesday by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden called Paul’s death an accident.
“It just don’t make no sense,” Paul’s brother John Saldivar said.  Seven months later, Paul’s brother John wants Cedar Rapids police held accountable.
“For the police chief to say, ‘Oh I’m going to clean things up’, he ain’t cleaning nothing up,” John said.
The report states Saldivar left Hazzard County Saloon, followed shortly after by an officer. The officer tried to talk to Saldivar as he walked toward the back parking lot. Instead, he started running south for about a block and a half, before eventually being arrested in an alley between 2nd and 3rd Streets SE.  Police said Saldivar thrashed around in the back seat and hit his head on an armrest.  The Saldivars have never believed that story. The read the attorney’s report and said if it is indeed accurate, Paul’s death was not an accident.
They should live to a higher standard and take responsibility criminally for somebody dying in their care,” John said.
The county attorney’s report did state Saldivar was drunk, with a .299 blood alcohol content level, nearly four times the legal limit.  It also adds the primary cause of death was positional asphyxia; that’s when a person’s posture doesn’t allow for proper breathing.
“If they say he was that messed up, that should have been their priority to either get medical attention or make sure he was okay,” John said.  Paul’s widow Rachel said it’s not like Paul. They have been married nearly four years and were raising four children together.  “No one there if they get into trouble to help. I was always able to call Paul,” Rachel Saldivar said.
John and Rachel said the family will continue to fight for justice.
“It’ll all come out. The officers involved will have to answer to what has taken place,” John said.
CBS 2/FOX 28 spoke with the police department Thursday. They said they still are not in a position to speak openly about the incident — although the criminal investigation is over, they still have to perform an internal investigation.
Thursday, December 27 2012, 09:56 PM CST

County Attorney: No Charges Filed In Paul Saldivar Death

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) — After seven months with no answers, family and friends of Paul Saldivar now have one.  Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said Saldivar’s death was accidental and will not press charges against Cedar Rapids police officers involved that night.  Police arrested Saldivar back in May for public intoxication outside Hazzard County Saloon in Cedar Rapids.
Police have said all along Saldivar hit his head on an armrest in the squad car.
Vander Sanden’s report adds that what ultimately killed Saldivar was “positional asphyxia”; that’s when a person’s posture doesn’t allow for proper breathing.  The Iowa State Medical Examiner found Saldivar was very drunk, with a .299 blood alcohol content level, nearly four times the legal limit.
The report states the excessive alcohol slowed down his breathing, which was already a problem because of his posture.
“I do not believe this was an accident. I do not,” Paul’s sister Paulette Gandara said.  Paul’s family still doesn’t believe the story. They said it doesn’t line up with what doctors told them about Paul’s injuries the week before he was taken off life support.
“You do not get picked up for public intox and end up dead in the back seat of a police car,” Paulette said.  Even more frustrating for them after all this time — Paul’s brothers’ and sisters’ cry for justice has not been answered.  “It’s just heartbreaking to know that my brother’s gone, and they didn’t do anything about it. And it took this long. It took this long for them to do nothing,” Paulette said.  Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said he appreciates the work done by all the agencies involved in this investigation.  He added that the police department “will continue to work with citizens, agencies and community groups to make Cedar Rapids a better place to live and work.”
To read the full report, click here.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 08:44 PM CST

Date

12/27/2012

Title

Chief Jerman Comments on Linn County Attorney’s Findings

Contact

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin (319) 286-5439

Body

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – December 26, 2012 – Today the Cedar Rapids Police Department was made aware of the findings of the Linn County Attorney’s Office regarding the death of Paul Saldivar. “The Cedar Rapids Police Department cooperated fully with the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Linn County Attorney’s Office,” said Chief Wayne Jerman. “We appreciate the work done and the thorough and exhaustive efforts by all agencies involved in this investigation. We at the Cedar Rapids Police Department will continue to work with citizens, agencies and community groups to make Cedar Rapids a better place to live and work.”

Attachments
12-26-12 Linn County Attny release.pdf

 

 


Is 2012 The Armageddon for the Two Party System?



WAKE UP AMERICA we don’t pick our candidates the media does! Look, it’s not my fault the Republican Party shot itself in the foot with their nomination of the abortion profiteer, Mitt Romney, so stop telling me that my vote doesn’t matter if it goes to the third-party. Telling me that my vote for Ron Paul or Gary Johnson is a ‘vote for Obama’ is ridiculous. That would be like me telling an Obama supporter that their vote is a vote for Mitt Romney!

My vote for Ron Paul or Gary Johnson is just that a vote for Ron Paul or Gary Johnson. I don’t know what the other ten million unhappy Ron Paul supporters are going to do in November I only know that I am the only person that I have control over. I have free will and I will vote for whomever I want to vote for in November. I not pledge my allegiance to any cult and I will not vote for Mitt Romney!

Bottom line is this: Don’t blame the liberty movement for your party picking such a weak candidate.

If the Republican Party loses to Obama this November it will be because they picked the weakest candidate to run against Obama and if he wins it will only because people believe that he can do a better job than Obama.

If by some miracle American’s woke up and recognized that there is a third-party option and voted in that way that it’s what I think would be in the best interest of our future. We can either keep going on with the same agenda that the two-party élite have had for us the last 100 years or we can try something new- like freedom.

There is nothing special about Mitt Romney. If he gets in office he is going to continue on the same path that all the presidents have traveled my entire life!

It is not our fault that the Republicans picked the weakest candidate to run against President Obama. Even the democrats on TV knew that Romney was the weakest candidate that the party could pick! If there is anyone to “blame” it should be the media! They refused to report on our candidate! They have misreported his entire election and literally told Ron Paul that “it wasn’t going to happen” in 2008. The power élite do not want someone like Ron Paul in office. They are afraid they will lose their power and control and if you think that they should lose their power and control then I urge you to be libertarian for just one day.

I do want to thank Ron Paul. He motivated me to get involved in the Republican Party and in Iowa Ron Paul won the majority of the delegates that were sent to the Republican National Convention through a transparent process that lasted around 6 months.

It takes at least six months to work through the process to get anyone nominated through the two-party system for President of the United States in Iowa but the friendships and bonds are formed over years. Those who dismiss the two-party system and it’s process are the same people who complain about the poor choices that those of us that do take part in the process make!

The only way to get someone nominated in either party is to be involved on the local level and carry through with the process all the way to the convention. In my experience it does make a difference and it does work. There is a lot of frustrations and disagreements throughout the process but if you are passionate about politics you will find the experience quite fulfilling. You might even sleep better at night knowing that you were an influence in who was chosen to be the nominee.

The states that nominated the ‘other evil’ yesterday at the RNC sent me two messages. First message was that they are not safe places to live and secondly they watch a lot of television for their information. Essentially they are psychological slaves brainwashed by the media propaganda.

There just aren’t enough critical thinkers like Ron Paul in the world. Bottom line is he needed more supporters to be involved throughout the entire process and they needed be able to commit to the process in order secure our candidates nomination.

If there were only more ethical people involved and dedicated throughout the nomination process the rules of the game might not have been changed last night and today things might have turned out differently.

The process does work but it brings out the best and worst in every person involved. Presidential politics is a process that many people take seriously. Sometimes too seriously!

Romney worshipers must be afraid because many of them have been very critical of the Ron Paul Republicans. So much so that I don’t know if there is anyway to “repair the harm” or to “regain our trust” to “win us over” to vote for their candidate. Threats and coercion tactics seem to be the norm in both the parties.

I will not volunteer for the Romney campaign. I feel that it is a counterproductive effort. The lack of respect that was shown to my candidate through the nominating process outraged me and turned me off to party politics. I mean I support most of the candidates on the republican ticket, locally, I just don’t support Mitt Romney. I don’t know if I can trust anyone who does.

Now that the republican made their bed they are going to have to sleep in it. Will you fall for the lie that your vote is a vote for Obama if you vote in the third-party? Are you in it for the sake of “beating Obama” or “saving the party”? I would rather “throw my vote” away on a third-party candidate or write Ron Paul in for president than sacrifice my principles to save America!

I want people to stop telling me this! I think that if there were any year for a third-party 2012 would be that year.

I confess, I did not listen to Ann speak and I won’t. She doesn’t appeal to me. She could never relate to me or women I know like me. She is not an “average American woman” Ann doesn’t know what it is like to live in America as an average woman. She has had her life handed to her on a silver platter!

Her speech means nothing to me! Ann Romney means nothing to me! Mitt Romney means nothing to me!

What’s important to me? My liberty. I would rather support a third party candidate who is for the cause of liberty than either one of the candidates picked by the mainstream media! Their plan (Obama or Romney) is to hand over our sovereignty to the United Nations to destroy our Constitution to make way for the “New World Order” or “One World Government”. I am not in favor of a one world government or a one world currency.

I am not in favor of our country having military bases all over the world in the name of “defense” or “liberty”. I think there is something to Ron Paul’s “blow-back” theory and that we should stop while we’re ahead!

What would happen if China were to bring one of their bases here to America? How would American’s like that? They wouldn’t! So why American’s are surprised that the world hates us and wants to attack us because we have a military presence in their countries is beyond me.

All I know is America is not free. Our republic has been hijacked and we don’t have much time to save it. We must rid ourselves from the corrupt élite who have destroyed the American middle class in pursuit of this one world government!

The revolution has just begun!

“Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.”
-Albert Camus

Be Heard, Not Herded!