Seriously, we’ve had several shootings, a home invasion, a bank robbery right downtown and a carjacking that the media downgraded to “car stolen at gunpoint” and the City Council is talking about aggressive panhandlers?
The City of Cedar Rapids is revisiting the issue of panhandling tonight. The City Council shot down a proposed ordinance to ban it three years ago. Coming up on CBS 2 News at 10, Gabe Erickson talks with one man who panhandles to make ends meet. What do you think? Does the city need to prohibit “aggressive solicitation”? http://www.cbs2iowa.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kgan_vid_13745.shtml
My post the other day, “Times are Hard” was merely to shed light on what one panhandler said about another panhandler (who in the past has acted aggressive towards me over “his spot”). I want to make it clear right here and now I didn’t feel like either of them were being aggressive towards me at all in my video! If the guy I talked to in my video is right then the man interviewed in the KGAN video owns a house and is saving up to buy land!
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!”
Cedar 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.
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
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.”
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — Getting foot traffic into Westdale Mall has become a big priority for city leaders who want to see it thrive. “The west side is one of the fastest growing sides of town,” says Mayor Ron Corbett. Banking on those numbers, real estate developers in talks with the city want to put 90 million dollars into tranforming the half-empty complex, currently being held together by stores like JC Penney and Younkers. Developers want to take that 90 million dollars and create what they describe as a city within a city. The two big stores J.C. Penney’s and Younkers would stay and they would build around those with condos, retail stores, a park and maybe even a hotel. City Council members will vote on the 90 million dollar plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – Investigators say a puppy found dead outside a Cedar Rapids school died from natural causes. Last month, several viewers called CBS 2 believing the puppy was killed by kids outside of Taylor Elementary. The puppy was transported to ames for further investigation. This afternoon, the Cedar Rapids School District told CBS 2 the results of that examination turned upno evidence of abuse. They say the puppy had a significant amount of heart disease and likely died of heart failure.
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)—The Cedar Rapid’s Animal Care and Control group held their third annual PAWS for the Holidays Bazaar and Silent Auction Saturday in hopes of raising money to care for the city’s stray and surrendered animals.There was fine jewelry, Christmas baskets, and more than a dozen volunteers dressed as elves at the event. Shoppers browsed more than 120 items, shelling out big bucks for homeless animals. “This money helps get it that extra special veterinary care.” Webber says the city’s $800,000 budget just doesn’t cover the shelter’s needs. “Some of the stuff has to come through donations,” Webber said. The money isn’t just for medical care but also for making more room for the animals. The shelter houses approximately 150 stray dogs and cats and surrendered pets per day.
They’re hoping some of the money will go toward the new shelter they’re opening October 2013 at Kirkwood Community College.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — It’s the end of the school day at Taylor School on the southwest side. Children rush to the buses and others to cars with their parents. At school district headquarters, a joint press conference with school leaders and police.“It is a school persons worst nightmare,” says Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent.The nightmare, Dr. Benson referred to stems from the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. District leaders took time Friday to easethe minds of Cedar Rapids parents, reminding them of the safetymeasures the district takes to keep schools safe. “We do have a lock door policy and a buzz in policy,” says Benson. District leaders say while they can’t go into detailed specifics of the Active Shooter Response and Awareness plan, they can tell us police response teams are constantly training and ready. Police and school officials are also urging parents to have an appropriate conversation with their children about protecting themselves at school. “We’re not wanting to create fear or paranoia amongst our community but to better prepare it, the only way we can prepare for something like this is to educate,” says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin.
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It’s up to us to elect liberty candidates. When our court system is more about profit than doing its job, we have a problem. The only way we can fix it is to get the right people into elected positions. Only we can fix this! Take responsibility for your liberty and get involved today!
Families are being torn apart by the system and the courts are 99.9% of the problem. You can’t make this stuff up. There are too many stories to list on this blog but I will share a couple!
The stories make are enough to make one cringe!
A Iraq Veteran, a victim of the economy was late making his payments to the Child Support and a judge put him in jail over it! How is someone supposed to get caught up on Child Support if they can’t work? To make matters worse the veteran got caught up and even received a refund check but the judge didn’t care he ordered more jail time. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Why are judges wasting our resources to imprison people for debt? If people were going to be imprisoned for their debt then why isn’t Congressman Joe Walsh in prison for being $175,000 behind? Something just isn’t right.
Another Iowa father, Michael, is ordered by a judge to do supervised visits with his mother in-law. Even though she stated that she would “rather take a knife and stick it in his throat than look at his face”. What kind of judge puts a child that they are supposed to be protecting in a predicament like that? Iowa Judges that’s who!
Not only are our families under attack but our civil liberties are as well. We need a congressman who believes in the Constitution and internet freedom. Can we count on Bruce Braley to continue to vote against these attacks on our civil liberties? I don’t know. What will Ben Lange do? Who knows! They are both lawyers and we all know that lawyers aren’t going to stop madness in the judicial system!
It’s up to us to put the power of the people back into the people’s hands. It’s time to step out of the two party paradigm and really study the candidates. What has Bruce Braley done for us over the last six years besides vote against SOPA? He pretends to be a liberty candidate when the issue is high profile. Where does he stand on the Red Light cameras? Where does he stand on anything really? Greg Hughes is recognized as District 1’s “Liberty Candidate” by the Daily Paul
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