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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




Chief Jerman Comments on Linn County Attorney’s Findings


Sgt. Cristy Hamblin (319) 286-5439


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.”

12-26-12 Linn County Attny release.pdf



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!