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Adam Vs The Man Official Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Adam Vs The Man Official Press Release

"Defend Iraq Veteran's Free Speech!"...

“Defend Iraq Veteran’s Free Speech!” At Union Station (Washington, DC) (Photo credit: takomabibelot)

RE: Raid on ADAM VS THE MAN Studios 10JUL13
(HERNDON, VA 10 JULY 2013)— On the evening of Tuesday, July 9, at approximately 7:45 PM. A combination of US Parks Police (an arm of the Department of Homeland Security) raided Adam Kokesh’s residence. Local Herndon, Virginia police assisted in the armed invasion. The officers used a battering ram to knock in the door after two knocks, and did not announce that they had a warrant. Immediately after breaking down the door, a flash bang grenade was deployed in the foyer.

Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam’s street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained. Masked and armored police in full “Storm Trooper” gear flooded in and ransacked the residence. The team was cordoned in a front room, while Adam was pulled aside for questioning.

Over the course of the next five hours, the police searched every corner of the house with canine units and blueprints to the house obtained prior to the search. All officers refused to speak to the crew while they we being detained. They confiscated cell phones and personal items with force. Throughout the ordeal, the police repeatedly showed a volatile desire to initiate aggressive, forceful conduct with detainees. At one point, Adam politely requested to use the restroom and was kicked by the officer forcing him to sit handcuffed on the floor. After hours of determined attempts, the safe was forced open and all items inside were confiscated. Adam was arrested and his crew were told he was being brought to the Herndon Police department overnight. Well after midnight, police officers cleared the house.

Fairfax County Adult Detention Center has stated that it has Adam in custody.

The ADAM VS THE MAN Team will be continuing production on the podcast and the Youtube channel as long as Adam remains imprisoned for an act of civil disobedience. We will continue to spread the message of liberty, self ownership, and the non-aggression principle regardless of the government’s relentless attacks on our operation. We will continue to combat its desperate attempts to crush a worldwide, revolutionary shift in the people’s understanding of the state’s illegitimacy—after all, good ideas don’t require force.

Media Contact: Lucas Jewell – lucas@adamvstheman.com

When a government has repeatedly and deliberately failed to follow its own laws, violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens, threatened the sanctity of a free press, created institutions intended to eliminate privacy of communication, waged war at the behest of special interests that threatens the public safety, killed hundreds of children with drone strikes, imprisoned and destroyed the lives of countless individuals for victimless crimes, stifled economic opportunity to maintain the dominance of the financial elite, stolen from the people through an absurd system of taxation and inflation, sold future generations into debt slavery, and abused its power to suppress political opposition, it is unfit to exist and it becomes the duty of the people to alter or abolish that government by whatever means necessary to secure liberty and ensure peace. A new American revolution is long overdue.

We who recognize the illegitimacy of this government will withdraw our material support.
We will take every reasonable measure to avoid the theft of taxation.
We refuse to serve the federal government with our labor.
We reject the authority of the federal government and will resist at every opportunity.
We demand an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property.
We will provide aid and comfort to victims of the state.
We will mark Independence Day not with a celebration of collectivism, but with direct action to create freedom.
We will recruit others to this cause and share this pledge.

The time to sit idly by has passed, to remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between we the people, and the criminals in Washington, DC. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance; it may already be too late. While there is risk in drastic action, the greater danger lies in allowing this government to continue unchallenged. We will not be silent, we will not obey, we will not allow the government to destroy our humanity: we are The Final American Revolution.

 


Exciting Times in Cedar Rapids Downtown District


Exciting Times in Cedar Rapids Downtown District

The_Gazette_Riots Early Sunday Morning “Brawl” Becomes Tuesday’s News

Story Created: Jun 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM CDT (Tuesday)

Story Updated: Jun 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM CDT
Police were called to The Vault, 208 Second Ave. SE, at 1:44 a.m. Sunday for a large disturbance. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said responding officers encountered several large fights – involving more than 100 people in total – going on and one man on the ground who appeared to be injured. Police said the ongoing brawl made it difficult to get to the injured man.

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Downtown-Cedar-Rapids-Fight-Involved-100-People-Five-Arrested-210070451.html

“I think it sends a nice statement to our community that we want to be a vibrant and lively town. Nobody wants to live in a drab, boring town. They want to have some life in a town. And I think that complex (the Downtown District’s multimillion of taxpayer’s dollars hotel/convention complex) is helping, along with other investments that we made, create that life and vibrancy.’” CRST Special Projects Manager and Mayor of Cedar Rapids Ron Corbett.

http://thegazette.com/2013/06/02/window-to-our-city/

It was truly an exciting weekend for Cedar Rapids Downtown District. The repeatedly failed hotel taxpayer’s purchased and the if you rebuild it pray they come events center were open for business. The Downtown District located dominant local media swelled with pride. It was evident when pulp hit front porches on Sunday morning.

Unlike the huzzahs for the patched up hotel, another bit of Downtown excitement was not foretold in a press release.

Nearly 100 people were fighting in the streets early Sunday morning within blocks of the hotel and “Your 24 Hour News Source.” Yes, the news never sleeps.

All those out of town guests asleep in their pricey, nearby hotel rooms may not have known what they missed. Unless a freight train rumbling by yards away, or sirens woke them, they learned nothing from local media as they packed their bags and left town.

It is doubtful many guests hung around until nearly noon Tuesday to hear the history of Sunday’s Gettysburg on the Cedar. Unless the out of town tourists live within the Cedar Rapids media market, they will probably never what they missed.

What a shame.

You all come back now, hear.

titans


Police Brutality in Cedar Rapids?


Police use pepper spray to gain compliance” What really happened?
Levi Roberts claims the media has it all wrong!
Christy Aumer/SourceMedia Group News (The Gazette) reported that on February 13, 2013  “Roberts was placed under arrest for intoxication, and would not obey officer’s directions to place his hands behind his back. Officers were able to handcuff him; however, Sloan then ran at officers and attempted to get them to release Roberts. Officer Kevin Lukan was pushed, causing him to have injury to his hands and knees, police said. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said the injuries were minor, and he was not transported to a hospital.”

CRSmells, Ajai Dittmar, I was poking around the KCRG Facebook page in the “posts by others” when I saw a posting with the video above. I reached out to both Sloan and Roberts but only Roberts replied. I asked him what happened and this is what he said: “You notice that KCRG keeps taking my post off their FB page. They ran an untrue story about me and don’t want to report the truth. I didn’t need to be falsely arrested, assaulted by police, witness them assault my friend and then slander me in the paper.”
“I was the passenger in the back seat passenger’s side of the white SUV. Cops approached me first and asked for ID. I asked why and they stated “because I said so!” I told them I would give them my name and DOB but unless they explained why they are detaining me

Guardsmen receive pepper spray training at Gitmo

Guardsmen receive pepper spray training at Gitmo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

that you will not provide ID”. “I was charged with public intoxication as well. I hadn’t even finished my one drink at the bar. I asked for a breathalyzer and was denied one. When I was allowed to at the jail I blew .001″
“If you look closely at the video in the very beginning when it starts you can see the cop grab her hair and bash her head to the ground”.
In a phone conversation I had with Roberts he claimed that the officer was the one who was being aggressive. And that he has spoken to Brent Long, with the Cedar Rapids Police Department‘s Internal Affairs and has gotten no where. What does Roberts want out of this? ” I’m not trying to get paid or anything. I just wanted this officer fired, suspended, reprimanded or something. Anything to prevent him from doing this to other innocent citizens. All we have are our basic rights. People should not be punished for knowing their rights and using those rights to say no to police. We don’t have to anything a cop says just because they “say so””.
The public intoxication charges were dismissed but an additional charge of “harassment of a public employee” because he posted the video evidence to Facebook. In the video you can clearly see that Levi was not interfering with official acts and that his head was slammed onto the police car after he was handcuffed.


Police Grasping Straws in California – Have they gone too Far?


lacop-articleInlineThe police is out in full force in southern California. Law enforcement is on a massive manhunt for one of their own. It should be clear to the public by now that they are not safe.  Police have shot up a truck thinking it belonged to Christopher Dorner injuring two women. http://fox4kc.com/2013/02/08/la-police-shoot-at-wrong-suspect-vehicle-injure-two-women/  Two cops were shot in Riverside, California and police there have reason to believe it was Dorner.

It almost seems inconceivable that this one rouge police officer would be able to use up so many resources. How far will a corrupt police department go to protect their own hides?
In all reality Christopher Dorner doesn’t have to clear his name. I think that people are finding out first hand the wrath of the LAPD and other police who feel threatened by the rouge police officer.

“The Los Angeles Police Department will reopen its investigation into the 2007 episode that led to the firing of Christopher J. Dorner, the former police officer who is wanted in three killings, department officials said Saturday night.” The department may have reopened the case but now his name will be tarnished and he will be known as a murderer. Click here for the whole story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/us/los-angeles-police-to-reopen-dorner-case.html?smid=fb-share  Though the case will be re-opened is it too little too late?
How does this pertain to other communities in the United States?  We have a rare opportunity to use this situation to our advantage to stop anything else like this from happening.  We could start with opening and re-opening cases that should be investigated.  How about listening to people before they feel forced to go to these kinds of extremes to “clear their name”? To protect the mentally ill from police brutality.

Dorner tried doing things the right way.  He even took his case to court in attempt to clear his name and lost. I don’t condone what Mr. Dorner is doing but I understand why he’s doing it.  Sadly. In the manifesto he said that this could stop if they did what he asked them to do.  Finding this guy will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.  If he isn’t somewhere dead it sounds like there are plenty of people who would hide him.  The cops are making themselves look bad I mean shooting up two ladies, harassing a lady in the desert by helicopter, searching every single car, going house to house.  The resources they’re using are insane.  I hope that this “re-opening” of this case stops the madness. Below is the case to be re-opened.  Let’s hope that these deaths aren’t in vain and real changes will occur across the nation.

DORNER v. LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT


Ex-Cop goes Rouge to Expose Corruption Within Police Department


Christopher Jordan Dorner a former Police Officer for the LAPD wrote a  manifesto. before he went on his rampage in Southern California.  We all know how it is don’t we?  Corruption runs deep in every city, town, and state in America.  No one is lucky enough to live in a corrupt free society.  The problem with our corrupt society is that it has destroyed our  sentiment and moral nature as a whole.
Do you think this manifesto should prompt an investigation on the allegations made?  Should the LAPD be investigated?  Should the LAPD admit to Dorner’s claims and end the rampage?
Things we never imagined could happen have happened.  It started way before Columbine, Waco, and Oklahoma City.  We watched the World Trade Centers disintegrate live on television and every one of us knew something wasn’t right.  The attack on the Pentagon still isn’t clear and none of the facts add up with the missing plane over Pennsylvania.  Building #7 falling along with the twin towers without ever being hit by any airplane prompted ‘conspiracy theorists’ around the world who believe it was a planned demolition.
I don’t know what to think of the former officers actions but I can say I don’t agree with his methodology.  He sounded like a smart guy and it’s too bad he didn’t find another outlet.  He could have written a book.  We won’t know though unless he is brought in alive and from reading the manifesto the only way that would happen is if his name was cleared.  I think that we can learn more from him alive than we can dead. I would think there may be some  validity to Dorner’s claims in his manifesto after two women were shot by the LAPD.
5506_538852756134759_852694081_n“Two women who were delivering newspapers in Torrance, Calif., early Thursday were shot by jittery Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly thought cop-hunting fugitive Christopher Dorner might be in their vehicle”, NBCLosAngeles.com reported. Read more: http://nbcnews.to/XTSJic

“I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media”

“The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.”

Screenshot of footage of King beaten by LAPD o...

Screenshot of footage of King beaten by LAPD officers on March 3, 1991 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A name is more than just a noun, verb, or adjective. It’s your life, your legacy, your journey, sacrifices, and everything you’ve worked hard for every day of your life as and adolescent, young adult and adult.
Don’t let anybody tarnish it when you know you’ve live up to your own set of ethics and personal ethos.”

“I’m not an aspiring rapper, I’m not a gang member, I’m not a dope dealer, I don’t have multiple babies momma’s. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my shoreline and true North. I didn’t need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It’s in my DNA.”
Christopher Dorner LAPD

Christopher Dorner LAPD (Photo credit: http://www.YoVenice.com)


Luckily I don’t have to live everyday like most of you. Concerned if the misconduct you were apart of is going to be discovered. Looking over your shoulder, scurrying at every phone call from internal affairs or from the Captains office wondering if that is the day PSB comes after you for the suspects you struck when they were cuffed months/years ago or that $500 you pocketed from the narcotics dealer, or when the other guys on your watch beat a transient nearly to death and you never reported the UOF to the supervisor. No, I don’t have that concern, I stood up for what was right but unfortunately have dealt with the reprocussions of doing the right thing and now losing my name and everything I ever stood for. You fuckers knew Evans was guilty of kicking (excessive force) Gettler and you did nothing but get rid of what you saw as the problem, the whistleblower. Gettler himself stated on video tape ( provided for the BOR and in transcripts) he was kicked and even his father stated that his son said he was kicked by Evans when he was released from custody. The video was played for the entire BOR to hear. Tingirides, Eisenberg, and Martella all heard it. You’re going to see what a whistleblower can do when you take everything from him especially his NAME!!!”
“Chief Beck, this is when you need to have that come to Jesus talk with Sgt. Teresa Evans and everyone else who was involved in the conspiracy to have me terminated for doing the right thing. you also need to speak with her attorney, Rico, and his conversation with the BOR members and her confession of guilt in kicking Mr. Gettler. I’ll be waiting for a PUBLIC response at a press conference. When the truth comes out, the killing stops.”
The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence, PUBLICLY!!! I will not accept any type of currency/goods in exchange for the attacks to stop, nor do i want it. I want my name back, period. There is no negotiation. I am not the state department who states they
English: LAPD officers at crime scene

English: LAPD officers at crime scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


do not negotiate with terrorist, because anybody with a Secret or TS/SCI has seen IIR’s on SIPR and knows that the US state department always negotiates by using CF countries or independent sovereign/neutral country to mediate and compromising.”
“This department has not changed from the Daryl Gates and Mark Fuhrman days. Those officers are still employed and have all promoted to Command staff and supervisory positions. I will correct this error. Are you aware that an officer (a rookie/probationer at the time) seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department? Captain Rolando Solano is now the commanding officer of a LAPD police station (West LA division). As a commanding officer, he is now responsible for over 200 officers. Do you trust him to enforce department policy and investigate use of force investigations on arrestees by his officers? Are you aware Evans has since promoted to Sergeant after kicking Mr. Gettler in the face. Oh, you Violated a citizens civil rights? We will promote you. Same as LAPD did with the the officers from Metro involved in the May Day melee at MacArthur Park. They promoted them to Sergeant (a supervisor role).”
“Terminating officers because they expose a culture of lying, racism (from the academy), and excessive use of force will immediately change. PSB can not police their own and that has been proven. The blue line will forever be severed and a cultural change will be implanted. You have awoken a sleeping giant.”
“Citizens/non-combatants, do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants. They would not do the same for you. They will let you bleed out just so they can brag to other officers that they had a 187 caper the other day and can’t wait to accrue the overtime in future court subpoenas. As they always say, “that’s the paramedics job…not mine”. Let the balance of loss of life take place. Sometimes a reset needs to occur.”

LAPD funeral

LAPD funeral (Photo credit: srd515)


“Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.”
How do you know when a police officer is lying??? When he begins his sentence with, “based on my experience and training”.
“If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first one was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange county. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.”
Read the full manifesto here: http://pastebin.com/TAzPRfPy

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Worried about Panhandlers while Violent Crimes go Unsolved


kgan post panhandlers

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!


Cedar Rapids Headlines 1/4/13-1/5/13


City Warns Fines Will be Issued if Sidewalks Aren’t Clear

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – It’s been over two weeks since the storm that dumped about five inches of snow on the Cedar Rapids area. Yet, in many neighborhoods there are sidewalks that still aren’t cleared.  Complaints are now piling up at the city’s public works department. The city says they’ve cited around 200 sidewalks that haven’t been cleared.  City Ordinance states residents are supposed to have DSCN1871their shovels out within 48 hours of a storm. Public works are urging residents to take action, before they get hit with a fine of as much as $200.   If would like to report a sidewalk in your neighborhood that hasn’t been properly cleared you can call the city’s public works department at 286-5802 or email street@cedar-rapids.org.

Cedar Rapids looking for input on rental housing code changes

Landlords and tenants both should find a City Hall-sponsored forum next Wednesday evening useful, as the city prepares to amend its existing rental housing code.  Landlords, not tenants, usually turn out to make comments to city officials.  The code amendments specifically under review will require landlords to conduct background checks on tenants. In that regard, city officials have proposed offering a service for a fee to help landlords make criminal background checks  In addition, the city is looking to require landlords to attend periodic training classes. The city also wants input on the frequency of city inspections of rental properties and the size of inspection fees.

The public-comment session will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 101 First St. SE. 

The city’s rental housing code, Chapter 29 of the city’s Municipal Code, is being amended in tandem with a new Chapter 22A of the code to address nuisance properties.  The City Council voted unanimously last month to adopt Chapter 22A over the objections of some landlords. The council must vote two more times on Chapter 22A. The chapter establishes a mechanism for tracking calls for city services at specific properties — services from police calls to zoning and housing code violations. At some point, a property can be labeled a nuisance, which will confront the owner with city fees and the need to develop a plan to remedy the nuisance.

Car Break-Ins Up 5% In Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – For all of the gadgets and options available on cars in recent years, Cedar Rapids police are asking people to simply use the standard door locks to cut down on thefts.  “You’ve got locks on a car,” said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin of the Cedar Rapids Police Department. “Use them.”
In 2012, 950 formal reports of thefts from vehicles came into Cedar Rapids police. Naturally, warmer months lead to more of what Hamblin calls these “crimes of opportunity.” In the summer months, June had 96 reports, July had 118 and August had 122. Overall, last year’s reports was more than a 5 percent uptick from the 2011.

Police Respond to Bank Robbery in Downtown Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Police in Cedar Rapids are on the scene of a bank robbery in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Police responded to the Banker’s Trust location at 221 3rd Ave SE at 4:15 Friday afternoon. According to police, a man entered the bank and demanded money while displaying a handgun. The subject had a face mask on and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The investigation is ongoing at this time.  Check back for updates

Iowa public school enrollment up sharply, but Cedar Rapids sees steep decline

UPDATE: A new public school enrollment report from the Iowa Department of Education shows a rising tide does not lift all boats.  Iowa’s kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment had its first significant year-to-year jump since 1996 – adding 2,741 students, a .6 percent increase, for a total of 476,245 learners – but 167 of the state’s 351 school districts lost students between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. The Cedar Rapids Community School District shed 127 students in that time, second only to the Davenport Community School District’s 191-student decrease.  “This statewide increase is refreshing news for Iowa after years of declining enrollment,” said Jay Pennington, chief of the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Information and Analysis, in a statement earlier today. “However, the reality is that this increase most likely is temporary.”  The picture is less rosy from a five-year perspective, with Iowa showing an overall loss of 774 students, a .16 percent decrease, since the 2008-09 school year. In that time, the Cedar Rapids district’s enrollment shrunk by 851 learners, the largest drop in the state and almost three times the size of the time frame’s second biggest decline, 286 students in the Clinton Community School District.  “The district had been going along losing about 100 to 120 students a year, a very modest decline historically,” said Dave Benson, superintendent of the Cedar Rapids district. “The [2008] flood hit, and over a two year period we lost over 500 students, attributed to the loss of housing in the community due to the flood. That accelerated that loss.”

Benson urged people to keep the enrollment decline in perspective, because while the district has tallied a 4.9 percent loss in the last five years, that number is “negligible” in comparison to other Iowa school systems. In fact, the Stratford Community School District showed the biggest percentage drop over the last five years, hemorrhaging a full quarter of its 213 student enrollment – five times the Cedar Rapids district’s percentage drop. Stratford’s actual student decrease only amounted to 53.

“We can attribute a large part of that loss to a single historical event, and I feel that puts that loss into a little bit of perspective,” Benson said.

The news is much better for the Iowa City Community School District, which gained the fourth largest amount of students in the state from 2011-12 to 2012-13, 321 additional learners, as well as over the last five years, counting 1,025 more students since 2008-09. School district officials are gearing up for a Revenue Purpose Statement vote on Tuesday, Feb. 5, where local voters will have the power to authorize early access to $100 million in sales tax funds. If approved, administrators have indicated they will spend that money on construction projects to address the district’s expanding student population.

Waukee, Des Moines and Ankeny reported the largest one-year enrollment number increases, while West Sioux, Moulton-Udell and Waukee reported the largest one-year percentage increases.

Iowa Gun Advocates Want to Abolish Gun-Free Zones, Including in Schools

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – In the wake of the Newton, Conn., school shooting that left 20 children and seven adults dead polls show public support for stricter gun control at a 10-year high.  However, gun rights advocates say they will push the Iowa Legislature to expand gun rights and abolish gun-free zones, including schools.  “The problem we have is there are too many so-called gun-free zones,” says Aaron Dorr of Iowa Gun Owners. “There are way too many areas where law-abiding Iowans are victims of the system because they are not allowed to defend themselves if something happens to them.”

That includes schools, Dorr says. The failure of gun-free schools should be evident in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, he says.

“Our position is that it is an undue burden to be shot in the back of the head while trying to protect students in your classroom because you are legally prohibited from protecting yourself,” Dorr says. Iowa Gun Owners is hearing from teachers “crying out to have the option of having a weapon in school because they are scared of being victims.”

“We’d have a problem with that,” Iowa Association of School Boards Executive Director Tom Downs says about the elimination of gun-free schools. The association also will oppose any attempt to carve out an exemption in the state’s concealed weapons law to allow teachers to have guns at school.

In the days after the Newton shooting legislative leaders said they thought it was unlikely the Legislature would approve more restrictive gun laws.

It’s more black and white for John Johnson of Cedar Rapids, the co-director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus and formerly with the now-defunct Iowans for the prevention of Gun Violence.

Johnson believes a majority of Americans support gun control, especially in the wake of a string of mass shootings.  The only demographic opposed is lawmakers,” Johnson says. “They’re basically cowards.”  Not all of them. Rep. Dan Mulbauer, D-Manilla, has called for a ban on assault and semi-automatic weapons and the confiscation of weapons owners don’t voluntarily give up.  Jeff Burkett of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, Inc., doesn’t see Mulbauer’s proposal as a live round.  “It appears he could use some education,” Burkett says. “It sounds like an emotion-based response” to Newtown.”  Johnson agrees it’s unlikely lawmakers will ban assault and semi-automatic weapons or require background checks for all gun ownership transfers or limit the capacity of ammo magazines.  Lawmakers “are basically gutless when it comes to standing up to the gun lobby,” he says.

2 cents myI live in an area where the sidewalks have been closed for more than four years.  I will not be shoveling my sidewalk until they are open. Meantime, the city searches for renters to talk about their nuisance policy that they want to implement.  I wonder when the city will take care of their own nuisance properties.  They own houses and garages that sit empty falling apart and are vulnerable to arsonists.  I don’t think it’s in their best interest to make up new rules that they can’t follow themselves!

Crime has only worsened in Cedar Rapids since the 2008 flood.  Many crimes that should have been reported by the police weren’t and bad people have gotten away with committing crimes.  Why the low key story on the bank robbery in downtown Cedar Rapids?  Seems to me like they are downplaying it.  There hasn’t been any video or even a description released of the suspect.

Our schools and enrollment.  I would like to see Benson let go and replace him with a local person who can and will make the necessary cuts we need in order to keep our schools open (we have a TOP HEAVY school district here in Cedar Rapids).  I would like to see a comprehensive report on why our enrollment dropping in Cedar Rapids but going up everywhere else?  Why are families leaving Cedar Rapids?  That’s simple to answer! No one wants to live in a city that doesn’t care about their young people! Cedar Rapids isn’t the family friendly place it used to be. There isn’t much to do here except go out drinking and that’s not good for children or families.

images (17)Finally, guns at schools.  I don’t own a gun and hope that I will never feel the need to own one.  However, I  do not want my child or her teacher to feel helpless if some nut job goes in there to shoot them up! While I am not in favor of the “police state” I am not opposed to utilizing our police to protect our most precious people, our children.

 


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

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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

 

 


Gas Explosion Sissonville, West Virginia Secondary Explosion Possible


Sargent Michael Baylous, State Police, (recorded in the video below) said “Columbia Gas is in the process of shutting down a line that exploded this afternoon. Sargent Baylous got a call at around 1:00 pm this afternoon about a gas explosion. “This is a very delicate process that has to be done the right way or there could be another explosion” said Sargent Baylous, “anyone in the area should try to evacuate “just in case” he warned.

Homes in Sissonville, West Virginia have been leveled and all lanes of Interstate 77 have been shut down.


Today’s Headlines in Cedar Rapids, Iowa December 11, 2012


Cedar Rapids Woman Hurt in Carjacking

Two people dressed in black carjacked and robbed a 21 year old woman in an apartment parking lot at 911 Old Marion Road NE Saturday December 9, 2012. The robbers demanded the woman’s keys and when she refused they assaulted her and took her car and credit cards. She was taken to St. Lukes where she was treated for a cut on her ear.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call police at (319) 286-5491. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463).
This would be frightening! I hope the perpetrators are caught!

Man Stole Pickup, Shot At Owner Before Police Chase, Police Say

Paul D. Hoff, 33, of 7100 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, was one of three people arrested Friday afternoon after a short police chase that ended when the stolen pickup crashed into a tree in an alley in southwest Cedar Rapids. No one was injured in the incident.
According to a criminal complaint, Hoff was driving the white pickup around 3:30 p.m. Friday when the owner, Joseph McDaniel, spotted it near the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Edgewood Road NW. The Ford F-150 had been stolen from McDaniel’s residence in Hiawatha on Nov. 21. Authorities said McDaniel pulled up alongside the pickup, and Hoff responded by firing at least one gunshot at the vehicle McDaniel was in.
Authorities recovered a .380-caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun from the pickup, according to court documents.
Hoff has been charged with first-degree theft, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless driving, interference with official acts and driving with a suspended license.
The others who were in the pickup, identified as Holly L. Levelle, 37, and Jeremy L. McAtee, 34, both of Palo, also were arrested for running from police. Levelle also had a warrant out for her arrest for a probation violation, police said.

God help us all.

Future Holds Budget Cuts for Cedar Rapids School District

“We have to find authorized revenues or we have to reduce expenses, or a combination of those two things,” said Executive Director of Business Services Steve Graham as he presented preliminary budget assumptions for fiscal year 2014.
In Benson’s estimation, it’s time for the board to be proactive.
“We have bought all the time that we can reasonably buy and I don’t think that a rational person can look at Des Moines and think that we’re going to be saved by some infusion of new revenue,” he said.
Graham said it is “premature” to discuss where those potential cuts will come from in the district’s budget.
“We have not yet begun the process of looking at our overall programming,” he said.
State law mandates that districts certify their final fiscal 2014 budgets by April 15, 2013.

Can you believe this? It wasn’t enough to close schools now they want to cut programs! I think the next cuts should come from the top.

City Gives Flood Property Developer Deadline

Developer Baron Stark stepped in during the summer of 2011 with a plan to rescue the flood-damaged commercial building at 1501/1507 C St. SW in Czech Village and the flood-damaged former A & W Family Restaurant at 1126 and 1132 Ellis Blvd. NW from the wrecking ball.
However, the city’s Community Development Department has informed the City Council’s Development Committee that Stark’s company, Stark Real Estate Holdings Inc., is now in default of his development agreements with the city on the two properties for two reasonslack of project funding and the inability to start construction work as specified in the agreements.
In a report to the council committee, Caleb Mason, redevelopment analyst in the Community Development Department states that neither lending institution involved in the two Stark projects has provided a letter to the city committing funding for the projects. However, the lenders are continuing to work with Stark on the properties, Mason says.
The Community Development Department is recommending that the council committee and then the full City Council grant Stark a time extension on the two projects.
Meantime, The iconic A*W on Ellis Boulevard NW sits empty since the 2008 flood. There is strong community support for the A&W but bureaucracy has gotten in the way of progress. I wonder who the “lenders” are?