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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



Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/25/12

Salvation Army’s Bells Go Silent As Goals Are Missed

The Salvation Army logo (Anglophone Version)

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army bells heard outside of grocery stores across Eastern Iowa fell silent Monday evening. Salvation Army officials across the area say it’s been a “good” year, despite the fact that all of the areas biggest campaigns have yet to reach their goals.

Donations for the red kettle campaigns continue to be accepted into next month.

If you would like to donate visit Salvation Army at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/page.aspx?pid=207#location

What to do When You Need a Break From Christmas

Maybe Christmas isn’t your holiday all the talk of Christmas trees, even frosty the snow man is just too much for you, well there’s lots of things in the Corridor that you can do.

For starters how about a movie.  Then how about dancing under the disco to your favorite country tunes.

There may not be a lot of options but dancing and a movie seem like two that could bring some Christmas cheer.

Christmas Wish Granted for Corridor Woman

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) – The daughter of a woman battling cancer made a very simple holiday wish. That wish was for a white Christmas. Thanks to last week’s blizzard, that wish has come true. The family said it’s a better present than any colorful package they could unwrap.
“I love snow, I love snow!”  Evelyn Nuehring, 65, gleefully explained from her hospital bed at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Her bed looks out onto 10th and McKinley Middle School.
While it may seem that a white Christmas is common in Eastern Iowa, The National Weather Service defines a white Christmas as one where there is an inch or more of snow on the ground. In Cedar Rapids, that only happens 47 percent of the time, “47 percent, that shocks me, but like I said, she’s got angels up there,” Rehak said.
For Evelyn a white Christmas means everything. “Because I don’t know if I’ll be here next year, so I enjoy every moment that God has given me to see the snow and to have special friends around me,” Evelyn said. Evelyn was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare cancer in July of 2011, She had it removed that fall, but it came back a little more than two months ago, attacking her lungs. While Evelyn’s diagnosis is hard to take, she is filled with gratitude.In her beautiful way of viewing the world, Evelyn’s strength shines just like the glistening blanket of white she so lovingly gazes upon outside her hospital room window at Mercy Medical Center.“Don’t go for the material things; go for the things that reach out and touch you, that make you the happiest. This world is a good world,” she said.
Evelyn’s daughter, Lisa Gutierrez is working to help fight sarcoma. She’s created a local non-profit. To learn more visit www.curesarcoma.com or email IowaChapter@curesarcoma.org.  See the whole story here: http://www.cbs2iowa.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kgan_vid_13538.shtml
my 2 centsI have lost a lot of loved ones to cancer. The last story touched my heart.  It’s Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and is doing something more meaningful than dancing under a disco ball to country music at some bar! I will be spending my Christmas with my in-laws first exchanging gifts enjoying our morning in each others company and then later in the afternoon eating Hors d’oeuvre and turkey around a traditional dinner table.  Reminds me of my childhood while creating new memories for my children to cherish in the future.
199802_1017833544968_2487948_nThe Salvation Army sounded pretty confident they were going to make their goal when I saw them on TV.  Some people in my community love the Salvation Army for feeding them after the 2008 floods.  They didn’t feed my neighbors or myself down here by the river.  Nonetheless, they helped me with rent after the 2008 flood and so I felt obligated to go shake a bell  next to the “red kettle”. I wouldn’t have needed that help though had the Local Option Sales Tax been used correctly but that’s another story for another day.