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The New Police Chief Only Came to Cedar Rapids to RETIRE

A re-run of “To The Point” is playing and the new Police Chief was on today.  To the Point with Beth Malicki is a 30 minute weekly program that brings community leaders together to discuss what is happening in Eastern Iowa and what needs to happen to make it a better place to live, work, and play.

 Today’s episode re-aired the new police chief we just hired from Maryland.  Our last chief was hired out of Florida after being offered the Chief of Police position in his home state.  It’s not as if we didn’t have a great candidate locally named Steve O’Konek, here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa  but because he was local he was overlooked. Some firm said another guy from out of state was better for the job.  

This is an email I sent to Jeff Pomeranz, the City Manager, asking why Steve wasn’t considered.  Yes, this email was written in September, but I am clearly still salty about this issue and I am fed up with all the violence including police violence.

From: Ajai Dittmar~http://cedarrapidsactivist.wordpress.com/ [mailto:sibzianna@aol.com]

Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:45 PM
To: Pomeranz, Jeff
Subject: Police Cheif

Why wasn’t Steve picked?

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 12:49 pm
RE: Police Cheif 
From Pomeranz, Jeff J.Pomeranz@cedar-rapids.orghide details
To ‘Ajai Dittmar~https://cedarrapidsactivist.wordpress.com/’ sibzianna@aol.com


Thanks for the question.  I like and respect Steve as well.  It was my job to select the best person for the job.  That does not take away from the qualifications of the local candidate.  I like and believe in  appointing local when possible.  An example of this is Mark English, our relatively new Fire Chief.

I spent a tremendous amount of effort on this search.  We hired one of the best search firms in the country to help.  The Civil Service Commission did its part.  Chief German was ranked #1 by that body.  We had numerous employees, citizens and outside agencies participate in the process.  I followed up with site visits.  Others joined me on the visits, including a police officer. Significant background checks  were also completed.

My job and goal was to recommend the best and strongest candidate, recognizing our current environment and needs.  While I realize that you feel differently about the selection,  I certainly respect your opinion.  This was not an easy choice for me.

I believe you will find Chief German a very open, honest and capable choice.

Who is  Wayne Jerman? http://connectedcommunities.us/showthread.php?t=22733112808 Jerman

“I will not let you down“: http://thegazette.com/2012/10/29/i-will-not-let-you-down-new-cedar-rapids-police-chief-says/

Wayne Jerman “irate” over shootings in Cedar Rapids area:


On Wayne Jerman’s watch a citizen was shot to death by POLICE!

What if the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department offered to hire Mr. Jerman as their Police Chief , like the last Police Chief we hired from Florida?  Would he go like our last Police Chief?   Is there a contract between the CRPD and Mr. Jerman?  Who does he have in Cedar Rapids to keep him here?  Does he have any children or grandchildren who reside in Iowa?

steveHere is the guy we should have hired! Steve O”Konek.  Yes, I am still salty about the decision.  I don’t think Jerman was the best choice for this position! I am not saying he isn’t a good cop or that he won’t do a satisfactory job but I know Steve personally and I think that he was the right man for the job! Mr. Jerman knows nothing about our community and is already “irate” over the shootings that have taken place.  Steve O’Konek has strong ties within the community and was one of three Cedar Rapids police captains who helped run the Police Department while the City looked for a new Police Chief to replace Greg Graham, who left in January, after being offered a police chief position in his home state of Florida!

Journalist Adam Mueller aka Ademo Freeman faces 21 years in Prison in New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state for Bogus Wiretapping Charge

There is a Cedar Rapids connection to the cop watching journalist, Adam Mueller, who will face a jury in a trial next week on a New Hampshire wiretapping case. If convicted, Adam faces up to twenty-one years in prison.

I came into contact with Copblock.org a little more than a year ago when I wasn’t getting results from my local police department. I submitted a speech to Copblock.org that I had already delivered in front of my city council on June 14, 2010. My hope was that the national exposure would create positive change in our community and in my opinion it has. http://www.copblock.org/tag/ajai-dittmar/

Adam Mueller aka Ademo Freeman, was the person in which I had exchanged a few emails with before the speech was published on Copblock.org. Adam or Ademo of Copblock.org is dedicated to voluntarism and police accountability.

Adam’s charges stem from an incident he reported on that took place in a New Hampshire High School where a sibling spat turned bad when a Police Liaison slung the teen around and then slammed his head into a table at the schools cafeteria.

I don’t know whether officials are charging Adam with wiretapping to teach him and people like him a lesson or if they are trying to cover up something bigger at the high school. In my opinion, the school should be looked into along with the police liaison over the school. As a mother I would be appalled if either one of my son’s were slammed to the table at lunch over teasing their sister with her handbag. I could see my kids doing exactly what these kids did which in my opinion is perfectly normal.

Of fifty states, twelve of them make publicizing taped interviews a crime punishable by prison New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state is on that list. One would think that in this day and age with all the technological advances we’ve made that these types of draconian laws would be thrown out.

Adam’s supporters were there in the courtroom with him after standing outside the courthouse in protest. Adam is representing himself pro se (defending himself without an attorney) and his jury was chosen on Monday, August 6, 2012. A camera was allowed into the courtroom.

Stop the State of New Hampshire from convicting Adam, write his lawmakers, make videos asking for his freedom, and spread the word about this case! http://electedlist.com/New_Hampshire.html

I wrote Adam a letter and thanked him for all he has done. The world is not a safer place with Adam behind bars. The trial begins on August 13, 2012. I will keep everyone who’s interested posted. http://www.scribd.com/collections/3735171/The-State-of-NH-vs-Adam-Mueller-aka-Ademo-Freeman here is Adam’s paperwork from the courts. If you have any ideas that could help Adam please don’t hesitate to contact Copblock.org

Meantime use the hashtag #FreeAdemo and help remind people these draconian laws still exist! http://www.copblock.org/18955/ademos-jury-selection-done-trial-in-one-week/

By the way, for my local news agencies, CNN has reported the story and it would be nice if you mentioned it too. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-824678


New Hampshire “Live Free or Die” State Locks up Journalist Ademo Freeman aka Adam Mueller

NH v Mueller Jury Instructions – "State’s" Request 1

NH v Mueller Jury Instructions – "State’s" Request 2

Plea Offer – NH v Mueller Docket No 11-CR-1055

Live Free or Die? What kind of motto is that in a state that locks someone up for doing something we are guaranteed in the United States Constitution- Freedom of Press.

Adam Mueller is facing 21 years for reporting the truth about an incident in a New Hampshire High School. Adam is a journalist who was doing what journalists do. I appreciate Adam’s candid reporting.

I would think that our schools would rather have our children safe than worry about the reputation of a bunch of unbridled adults. Why aren’t these officials being held to a higher standard?

Adam has done a lot on a national scale to help common people root out bad officials and he should not be in jail for it. Free Ademo

Adam Mueller on trial

In my opinion, it is treasonous to lock someone up for reporting the truth to the public! Imprisoning Adam Mueller is a waste of taxpayers money!