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Excerpt from yesterday’s Key West – Eve’s northernmost Caribbean Adam correctional facility post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
“Every diver and physician in the Keys knows our ocean is infested with MRSA bacteria, and if you go into the ocean with a cut or scratch on your skin, you very well might end up with MRSA, which is fatal if not treated. Visitors contract it here then return home and it breaks out. The city needs to see to it that our visitors are warned of the risk of MRSA. Eve had Todd say, the Tourist Development Council will really love that! Eve had me say the city has a moral obligation to tell its visitors about MRSA in our ocean. Google image MRSA, I said the letters, and see for yourself just how awful it is. Like a brown recluse bite, but it takes a little longer to kill you.
“Speaking behind me, Mayor Cates said there is nothing wrong with the ocean, it’s beautiful. The health department is always monitoring the waters and issuing warnings when there is a problem. I didn’t get a rebuttal. The Health Department monitors beach waters for fecal bacterial, not for MRSA, which every diver and physician in the Keys knows infests our ocean. As far as I know, the Health Department has nothing to do with the reef.”
To which, Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, an avid Key West area diver for many years until he decided it was no longer safe to go into the water, replied:
Sloan: by not articulating a legitimate warning
about contracting MRSA in our waters to as many
tourists as posible we –our fair city-
faces the eventual probabilty of legal
liability. In the case of death from that
kind of infection the seriousness of our
liability might well exponentially soar.
This is really serious. Jerry W. M.D.
(MRSA is life threating)
A Key West MRSA of a different kind
Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – editorial “cartoon” depicting last moments of Chareles Eimers’ life on South Beach last Thanksgiving day
is reported in two different articles of this past Friday’s edition of the blue paper. Here is the teaser to the first article, which contains a re-enactment video of how Charles Eimers was smothered to death by Key West police officers.
“Your safe word is “no” and if you can’t talk, move your arms.” The woman lies down on the beach resting on her stomach, hands behind her back. To be clear, we’re not shooting a bondage movie. This is South Beach, at the end of Duval Street, where 61-year-old Charles Eimers died last Thanksgiving Day while being arrested by Key West police officers. The woman on the sand is Naja Girard of The Blue Paper. We were trying to understand, through a reenactment, the most troubling part of the tragedy: the cause of death itself.
Medical Examiner E. Hunt Scheuerman’s autopsy report shows no physical evidence that can directly establish the cause of Eimers’ death. However, circumstantial evidence led him to rule out asphyxiation.
This is what he wrote:
“FDLE’s investigation concluded that his face was not forced into the sand, but rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand. Audio recordings from the event revealed that Mr. Eimers repeatedly said “No.” Such verbalization would not have been possible if he had been smothering in the sand.” [...full article]
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16 COMMENTS ON “REENACTMENT POINTS TO ASPHYXIATION”
JOHN DONNELLY JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:56 AM
Excellent reenactment. It’s factually based on the evidence. The ‘grand jury’ must be taken to that exact location and witness a live demonstration.
During this recreation, each KWPD police officer will adhere to the visual script set forth in the ‘Video’. If they won’t or can’t participate in this replication of the incident at hand, police officers or volunteers similar in shape and size to the officers in question can fit the bill.
A narrative (containing officer statements) and other appropriate data can be read and entered into evidence, describing each officers visually verifiable behavior, second by second, frame by frame. Discrepancies will be brought to the attention of the ‘grand jury’.
A comparison can be made between police officer statements, and the conduct viewed on film.
State Attorney Vogel, please set the date for your team and the jurors to meet at the scene of Mr. Eimers’ death.
It appears that the medical examiner’s shoddy and lame work needs to be examined by the Inspector Generals Office and the Grand Jury.
SLOAN BASHINSKY JULY 25, 2014 AT 6:18 AM
Kowabanga Shazam!!! This video is grossly unfair journalism tactics. Police departments. Internal Affairs, law enforcement oversight agencies (Florida Department of Law Enforcement), State Attorneys, grand juries, plaintiff attorneys, etc., not pesky investigative journalists, have eminent domain over crime scene re-enactments. Maybe KWPD Chief Donie Lee also needs to be invited to the beat down, er, face down beach party. And officer Lovette and his accomplices, er, confederates. And the mayor, city commissioners, city manager and city attorney. Kowabanga Shazam!!!
SKD JULY 25, 2014 AT 7:46 AM
Wow!!!! You guys are simply amazing. Perhaps FDLE should hire Naja and Arnaud. Seems to me Cathy Smith or Carol Fredericks shoulda thought of this. If it mattered to them. Does it matter? I think FDLE needs new, more passionate employees. That goes for KWTD (Key West Thug Department) also. I originally thought that perhaps KA Wanciak would step forward and clear her name of any involvement. My thought then would have been that, wow, there’s a great cop. Let’s give her Donni Lee’s job. But even she is apparently afraid of the KWTD. There appears to be a festering, highly contagious leprosy of sorts infecting the KWTD. Let’s hope it’s stopped before it affects the entire department. There are some good cops there. Sadly, they are being robbed of their credibility and respect by these officers that are supposed to be their brothers and sisters in arms. Good God, somebody DO something. Hello? FBI???
CAPTAINLARRY JULY 25, 2014 AT 9:43 AM
I would suggest that if you are going to have a re-enactment it should be performed by an unbiased medical professional with no interest in the case.
SLOAN BASHINSKY JULY 25, 2014 AT 4:24 PM
Maybe the Monroe County Medical Examiner should have conducted a re-enactment? Maybe Donie Lee should have? Maybe FDLE should have? Maybe Naja and Arnaud should have gotten 4, or was it only 3, big people to actually put their knees on the backs of the volunteers face-down on the sand? Maybe the volunteers in the re-enactment video should offer to testify before the Grand Jury, while Arnaud plays the video? I imagine a medical professional who might do an re-enactment, besides not being otherwise involved in the Eimers case, would need to be a Medical Examiner, or a retired Medical Examiner. However, based on what I saw in the video, I don’t see a Medical Examiner, or any medical professional, is required to determine whether or not a volunteer face down on the sand in a simulated re-enactment can breathe. The best person to testify as to that is the volunteer face down on the sand, which is what two face down on the sand re-enactment volunteers already testified: they could not breathe.
WANKAJM JULY 25, 2014 AT 5:18 PM
cl i absolutely agree and the grand jury should observe but you think thats going to happen? hell no the big FIX is in and all the wink and nod folks are in high gear right on up thru the med examiner to the SA make no mistake. its a pathetic crock of a cover up bs routine and has been so from the start. what a barf alert this whole ‘official’ non-investigation has been. that poor man was murdered outright by the sadistic ineptitude of the clowns with a badge making a big deal over nothing. rip mr eimers.
WANKAJM JULY 25, 2014 AT 5:29 PM
and the med examiner didn’t review the audio but relied on the con job…..and of course surely he didn’t review the video on the beach either since it was not a part of the ‘official’ report…wink nod….
and now we the citizens are expected to have confidence in the kwpd….rightly named the kwtd and i just can’t wait to hear next that chickens have lips and pigs fly comming from our ‘officials’.
the only gang violence here in kw is that handed to us by the savages dressed in blue. this a key west legacy and such a sorry state of affairs. sickening.
BLUE PAPER EDITOR JULY 25, 2014 AT 10:55 PM
The ME did reveal in his notes that he viewed the bystander video with Kathy Smith. He noted that Eimers and the police officers were too far away in the video for it to be of any use to him for purposes of determining cause of death.
WANKAJM JULY 26, 2014 AT 12:54 PM
sorry n then he was blind to disregard such a pile on and should have his licence pulled.
HUNTER JULY 25, 2014 AT 10:41 PM
Google up the WSJ article regarding Eric Garner of NYC who recently died during an arrest involving a police officer using a choke hold. In this case:
1)The two officers who first approached Mr. Garner have been placed on administrative duty, with the gun and badge taken from the officer who apparently used the chokehold.
2) Separately, four emergency responders who were at the scene have been placed on desk duty.
3)Police Commissioner William Bratton said he would retrain all 35,000 officers on the use of force.
While it may not be enough, it is far more action than any leadership in KW has taken on the Eimers incident. Leaders take actions…. I wonder if we have any…..because if we don’t we can save a lot of taxpayer money and not have any leaders at all!
JOHN DONNELLY JULY 26, 2014 AT 2:19 AM
Every jurisdiction in the US, along with renowned and notable individuals from around the world, have their eyes focused on the fact that an innocent and defenseless elderly man was killed while in police custody.
From their perspectives, the uncooperative and remorseless efforts, which have been put forth in stonewalling and whitewashing an honest examination of the details that caused Mr. Eimers to death, are infuriating.
The cost of this apparent cover-up will break the spirit and coiffeurs of the City.
I know Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi, take this tragedy seriously. They are closely reviewing and monitoring every facet of this bumbled, muddled, and possibly criminal inquiry.
When I find myself in a hole, for one reason or another, I stop digging.
I know some outstanding members on our State Attorneys’ team, please make your mark on the right side of history.
SLOAN BASHINSKY JULY 26, 2014 AT 8:21 PM
John, Governor Scott recently initiated an Internal Affairs investigation of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over several alleged misfeasances/malfeasances in its role in Cudjoe Regional Sewer System’s grinder pump permitting. Perhaps Governor Scott will do same in Florida Department of Law Enforcement Eimers investigation. Perhaps he will ask Florida Bondi to investigate FDLE, KWPD, perhaps using a Grand Jury.
Meanwhile, I imagine a great deal hinges on the local Grand Jury’s investigation and findings.
I found myself thinking this afternoon that one, perhaps more KWPD officers committed crimes against Charles Eimers on Southbeach. However, what happened between KWPD officers and citizen witnesses after Eimers succumbed on South Beach, and the ensuing machinations and lying and covering up and attempts to get rid of the corpus delecti, Eimers’ body, were just as serious crimes. As might well be what FDLE investigators then did, or didn’t do.
I hope the local Grand Jury does not focus just on the police who were on top of Eimers at South Beach. I hope the Grand Jury digs into everything the KW police did after Eimers succumbed. I even hope the Grand Jury digs into FDLE’s role, but it might be Bondi is better equipped to do that.
When I talked about a month ago with our former State Attorney Dennis Ward about FDLE being investigated by State Attorney Catherine Vogel, Dennis said he thought Bondi had jurisdiction, but maybe Vogel could investigate FDLE.
SLOAN BASHINSKY JULY 26, 2014 AT 5:20 PM
I may have a different perspective of the resistance in this city and its leaders, because of the mayor’s race.
During the Lodging Association candidate forum last week, we got to ask our opponents a question. I asked Mayor Cates and Margaret Romero if they ever will apologize to the Eimers family for KWPD killing Charles Eimers? Craig said his heart goes out to the Eimers family, but he is waiting on the investigation results to be published. Margaret said she didn’t see the police did anything wrong.
During opening remarks at the Lodging Association forum, I had said, if elected, the first thing I will do officially is apologize on behalf of Key West to the Eimers family for KWPD killing their father, whom the police had profiled as homeless. That’s why he died, they thought he was homeless.
My read on the Lodging Association audience’s mood was apathy. Milling around after the forum, nobody said a word to me about the Eimers case.
Much the same at the Chamber of Commerce forum this past Wednesday, after I said during closing comments (we had no opening comments at that forum), what I would do first, if elected.
Neither forum asked us about the Eimers case. I interjected it.
We were not asked about the Eimers case during the Pirate Radio mayor candidates debate yesterday morning. I interjected it.
We were asked about the homeless problem at all three events. Only I interjected the Eimers case.
SLOAN BASHINSKY JULY 26, 2014 AT 7:46 PM
It’s been coming to me today, Naja, that the blue paper and its readers who comment on blue paper Eimers reports, and perhaps blue paper readers who don’t comment, are on the same page, preaching the the choir. However, in the political arena I find myself preaching to much the same choir some of the time, and at other times to another choir altogether.
JOHN DONNELLY JULY 27, 2014 AT 2:14 AM
Critical to any examination of behavior that may be criminal, is the integrity and rectitude of the subsequent investigation.
Wrongfully accused, wrongfully convicted, along with criminal conduct that is not prosecuted; in most instances, originates from investigators who through incompetence, or deliberate malice, steer the investigation in a self-fulfilling manner.
Garbage in, garbage out.
To willfully and with forethought, initiate an investigation that is structurally unsound, is an egregious criminal act. To professionally accept and sanction such an act as an investigator, is a conspiratorial endeavor, designed to defraud our system of justice.
A police department or state attorneys’ office, as constitutional representatives of law-enforcement and arbitrators of the law, to be complicit in an act of collusion, during a criminal investigation, which may have a pre-determined outcome, violates a plethora of state and federal statutes.
Even the appearance of impropriety is a cause of grave concern.
All parties to the Eimers’ investigation were forewarned and put on due notice. Each member, at each locale knew that the FDLE “Rules of Investigative Conduct” were being violated.
Still, no adjustments or modification were made, so that the truth might be gotten at. No entity sought to remedy this malfeasance; granting the people relief and upholding the marginal investigative standards, that might proffer an accurate account of this tragedy.
From “Key West The Newspaper”–”The Blue Paper”:
“After reviewing policies sent by FDLE, the Keynoter headlined its article: FDLE: No Conflict In Agent Leading Probe of Man’s Death Even Though Investigation Involves Her Ex-husband. However, when FDLE forwarded its conflict of interest policies to the media, it conveniently left out the one which speaks directly to the issue: Rule 7.1 of FDLE’s “Ethical Standards of Conduct,” reviewable on their website. It reads:
“Police officers shall, unless required by law or policy, refrain from becoming involved in official matters, or influencing actions of other police officers in official matters, impacting the officer’s immediate family, relatives, or persons with whom the officer has or has had a significant personal relationship.”
It is difficult to comprehend how FDLE could find that being the ex-wife and mother of the child of one of the subjects of an investigation does not fall under the clear prohibition set out by FDLE’s Rule 7.1.”
JOHN DONNELLY JULY 27, 2014 AT 4:59 AM
As usual, cogent and precise comments. Your leadership qualities far offset any quirks one might have, concerning your spiritual relationship with the God of your understanding. Have we not the freedom to worship and speak of our God in a manner congruent with our beliefs?
Thank you for your astute and penetrating contributions to the discussion.
Perhaps the Lodging Association, Chamber of Commerce and Pirate Radio forum have prioritized their allegiances; rendering tribute and worship to their deity, the ‘almighty dollar’.
Apathy, indifference and greed are narcissistic plagues that appear to be cannibalizing the remaining decency and attractiveness of Key West.
Yes, everyone is beautiful in their own way, however, just because someone is in a position of authority, it doesn’t mean that they can get away with murder.
I will not remain silent, when a Brother or Sister, appears, to have been injured or killed by an agency birthed to ‘protect and serve’ the public. An individual who voluntarily takes an oath to defend the rights delineated in our Constitution, cannot ignore their pledge.
Governments, police departments and politicians are my servants. I pay their salaries. They are not my master.
” And that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.
Unfortunately, It appears to have perished for Mr. Eimers.
With all the injustice that can come from living an alternative lifestyle, along with the rugged individualism established by the pioneering nature of the ‘Key West’s Conchs’, I’m surprised by their relative silence on this matter.
Through my years, I’ve come to find out that it takes only one person, to change the world.
There are many extraordinarily brilliant and determined professionals advancing the cause of justice for Mr. Eimers. They will not rest until their goals and objectives are accomplished.
SLOAN BASHINSKY YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION.
JULY 27, 2014 AT 9:53 AM
Morning, John, others. Thanks, Josh [Eimers], for weighing in under the witness intimidation article. We are so very sorry for your loss, and are so very embarrassed and outraged. Alas, John, my quirks are all too real to me. The angels infused me with a horrible toxic something last night, rendering me wishing they would go ahead and finish me off. They took me to many places in dreams, before giving me a coded instruction in my sleep: “6 and 2. 6 means Melchizedek. 2 Means Jesus. Combined, they mean rough going and straight talk. It means, John, that I am dealing head on with Evil, which I more often call Lucifer.
Whatever is people’s understanding, or not, there is only one God, on which no religion or sect has a lock. God is beyond religion and sects, which attempt to shrink God down to something manageable and safe to them. Angels are beyond human comprehension, too. I endure them, because I have no choice; they own me, and, yes, that makes me real darn quirky.
That aside, the “Attorneys: Eimers wasn’t as sick as coroner said” article in today’s Citizen, about Charles Eimers’ actual medical condition last Thanksgiving Day, leaves me feeling all the more that his time was up and he was used in the way that best served God in that moment: to expose Key West in a way it could not otherwise be exposed. Charles was the instrument the angels used, his soul agreed to it. Charles’ person signaled that by telling the cop who made the traffic stop, that he had come to Key West to do God’s work, which he then quickly proceeded to do.
Perhaps I’m mistaken, but right now it looks to me that the most important thing is for the local Grand Jury to leave no stones unturned in its investigation. Speaking from having practiced law, I think the Grand Jury has powers to investigate, which are broader and deeper than a plaintiff lawyer has in civil litigation. I think the Grand Jury can subpoena witnesses, including the KWPD cops involved in the Eimers case. I don’t know if the Grand Jury can subpoena FDLE people involved in the Eimers case.
I think the Grand Jury can subpoena any physical evidence, including Charles Eimers’ drivers license. I’d like for the Grand Jury to see proof that Eimers drove off without his driver’s license. I’d like the Grand Jury to see what shape the driver’s license is in. Does it look okay? Is it bent or creased? If bent or creased, why?
Someone told me a while back that a KW cop took his driver’s license and said he wasn’t going to give it back. My friend disagreed. The cop started bending the license back and forth. When the licence was creased, the cop gave it back to my friend and left him. My friend said he went to the driver’s license office on South Roosevelt Blvd and told a woman staff worker what had happened, and she said KW cops do that to driver’s licenses of people they believe are homeless, to alert the next cop having dealings with that person that they are dealing with a homeless person.
Maybe Eimers’ driver’s license is not bent or creased. That needs to be determined, is all I’m saying, by the Grand Jury. And if the KWPD says it does not have Eimers’ driver’s license, what does that say to the Grand Jury?
From the blue paper’s witness intimidation article:
JOSH EIMERS JULY 27, 2014 AT 2:50 AM
Just want to thanks everyone that’s been involved. Naja, Arnaud, “P” Everyone. You’re very brave. And my family and I are extremely grateful. Thank you so much for standing up and fighting for us. The re enactment was a great idea. Hopefully it will open more eye’s to the truth. I didn’t watch it. Treavor watched it and advised me not to. Just made him very angry and tremendously sad cause its a reminder of the terrible way our dad die. We’re all still deeply saddened by the gruesome death. Probably always will be. But it sure feels great when you have great people that have your back. Thank you so much!
SLOAN BASHINSKY YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION.
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:27 AM
Josh, there is a spirit reason for you to watch the reenactment video, hard as that might be on you. each of us in this mix each have our own roles to play. You and Treavor are Charles’ sons. As such, you are in the lead of the prosecution. But for you two, there might be no prosecution. Please watch the re-enactment video. Thanks.
Here’s the Citizen article, my interjected thoughts in italics:
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Attorneys: Eimers wasn’t as sick as coroner said
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
The Monroe County medical examiner erred in his autopsy of Charles Eimers by reporting he was at risk of sudden death from a history of heart disease, attorneys for the Eimers family say.
In a new filing at federal court, attorney Darren Horan attached a medical report from Bay City, Mich., by a doctor who discharged Eimers two months before his run-in with Key West police. The doctor wrote that Eimer’s condition was “stable.”
Eimers, 61, was taken off life support Dec. 4, 2013, at Lower Keys Medical Center at the request of his family, six days after a band of Key West police officers held him facedown on South Beach while handcuffing him following a chase related to a traffic violation.
Dr. E. Hunt Scheuerman, the former Monroe County medical examiner, ruled Eimers’ death was an accident caused by a damaged heart. The struggle with police was a contributing factor, Scheuerman determined, but he wrote the death was no homicide.
“There is no evidence that the officers could have known about his medical condition,” Scheuerman said. “It is reasonable to assume officers’ intent was to restrain and arrest Mr. Eimers.”
On Nov. 28, 2013, Eimers ended up on South Beach following a traffic stop in New Town. As he got out of his car and fell to his knees, four police officers grappling with his legs, back and arms in an effort to handcuff him.
Eimers surrendered on his knees, a bystander’s video shows, but police say he began kicking and fighting them off once he was on his stomach.
Eimers was hospitalized in September 2013, not October as the autopsy report notes, Horan wrote. When admitted to the hospital Sept. 25, 2013, with leg swelling and shortness of breath, he was diagnosed with chronic congestive heart failure, diabetes, coronary artery disease, pneumonia and a urinary tract infection, Dr. Chythanya Arikati wrote in his report.
A severe medical diagnosis.
His condition was stable when discharged, the doctor wrote.
According to Horan, the report shows Eimers’ health was not as bad as the state’s autopsy report said.
“Mr. Eimers was not diagnosed in October 2013 in Bay City with a ‘history of severe nonischemic cardiomyopathy’ with an ‘ejection fraction of 5-10 percent,’” Horan wrote in the brief motion in response to the city’s request to stop the evidence discovery process.
Charles Eimers was in poor health, he might die unexpectedly. However, his poor heath had nothing to do with the rough treatment by the KW cops. The rough treatment was the result of the cops believing Eimers was homeless. Someone in excellent health would have died under the same rough treatment on that beach. Deprived of oxygen, we die.
Eimers’ family is suing the city and 13 police officers for wrongful death. The city’s hired attorney Michael Burke is arguing that police have “qualified immunity” from such lawsuits since they were just doing their jobs.
The city also has asked the court to freeze the pretrial discovery process in light of the fact that the officers have qualified immunity.
A trial over the civil case is set for April 2015 at the Key West federal building.
Meanwhile, a grand jury met for three days last week hearing testimony about the Eimers case. Prosecutors said the grand jury needs to reconvene for an additional day but as of Friday no date had been set.
State Attorney Catherine Vogel wants a grand jury to determine whether the actions of any of the police officers rise to the level of criminal charges.
Much hinges on the Grand Jury diligently leaving no stone unturned in this terrible case, including how the cops and KWPD behaved after Eimers expired on South Beach last Thanksgiving Day. Killing him was but the first of their crimes.
Here’s the teaser to the blue paper’s witness intimidation article:
“To be honest with you, I am really nervous about the whole thing. I think they’re going to bother him or something,” says L, whose friend P was subpoenaed to testify before the Grand Jury in the Charles Eimers case last Wednesday.
While P was testifying, two squad cars were parked in front of his house, one blocking his driveway. His friend, concerned about the strange coincidence, texted him a photo of the police cars.
On a recent occasion, officer Gary Lee Lovette, who was one of the officers who arrested Eimers last Thanksgiving, reportedly pushed P’s shopping cart violently out of his way at a Public grocery store.
P had spoken with the Blue Paper after Eimers’ death revealing certain behavior and incriminating admissions by Key West police officer Lovette. After P was finally interviewed by FDLE, he says Lovette’s attitude became threatening. [...full article]
Lunarchik, formerly a dragon boat queen down this way now residing in Arizona, wrote yesterday:
Thought you might be interested in this link to the Charles Eimers story with the video (including the Spanish woman’s voice) as reported by Brad Devereaux , a public safety reporter for MLive/The Saginaw News on July 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM, updated July 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Florida grand jury examining Birch Run man’s death after his arrest in Key West
By Brad Devereaux | email@example.com
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on July 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM, updated July 25, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
BIRCH RUN, MI — A Florida grand jury is examining evidence in the death of a Michigan man who died in Key West after he was arrested by police.
Charles Eimers of Birch Run made the trip from his Michigan home to Key West, Florida, where his life ended on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, 2013.
Eimers, 61, planned to spend the winter in the Florida sun, according to his sister, Mary Taylor of Bridgeport.
As he reached the beach area, he saw red and blue lights flashing and heard a police siren. An officer was pulling his PT Cruiser over, Taylor said.
Eimers stopped and gave the officer his license and information, but then drove away from the location, she said.
He stopped his car down the road from the original stop and was then arrested, Taylor said.
He died a short time later. Family members and investigators are trying to figure out why.
Investigators have told Taylor, 64, that Eimers died of a heart attack he suffered after he ran from the car following the initial traffic stop.
His sister believes police were in the wrong and that there is a cover-up regarding her brother’s death.
“They say he got out of the car, ran and had a heart attack,” Taylor said. “The video clearly shows that’s not what happened.”
A video shot by a bystander using a phone surfaced about two weeks after the incident. It appears to show Eimers getting out of the car and surrendering to police. Eimers laid on the ground before the officers arrested him, Taylor said video shows.
The case was presented to a Monroe County, Florida, grand jury on July 21, 22 and 23. The jury was to decide whether the officers involved in the arrest violated departmental policies and decide if there is sufficient evidence for criminal charges, Assistant State Attorney Val Winter said.
The grand jury will continue to hear evidence, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 13, Winter said.
Taylor believes, based on witnesses quoted in Florida media coverage, that police used excessive force.
“They said he resisted arrest,” Taylor said. “If you’ve got your face buried in the sand, you’re going to fight to breathe.”
An autopsy report shows Eimers suffered 10 broken ribs. Someone did CPR on him at the scene and Eimers died later at a hospital after a family member said to take him off life support.
A Florida Keys medical examiner concluded in June that Eimers’ death was accidental and did not show any use of deadly force by the police.
Eimers’ family has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city that is scheduled to be heard before a judge in Key West in April 2015.
Key West Police Chief Donald Lee Jr. told CBS News in May that the incident is being investigated.
Taylor is Eimers’ older sister, and he also had 3 younger brothers, she said. Eimers moved with the family from Pigeon to Saginaw when he was a baby and he graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1970, she said. He worked at a GMC factory in the area and raised four kids. He was divorced, Taylor said.
“He kind of walked to his own drummer beat,” she said while remembering her brother. “We were very close.”
Taylor said she wants to know the truth.
“I want justice,” she said. “I want my niece and nephews to get some closure, some peace.”
“Nobody is perfect, I’m not saying he was – driving off that day was not right – but no one should die like that.”
Below is a Youtube video shot on a phone and posted by Key West the Newspaper that allegedly shows Eimers’ arrest:
— Brad Devereaux is a public safety reporter for MLive/The Saginaw News. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+
Hatman had told me about this article, or one from same area. Might fit into tomorrow’s howling.
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