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Time to de-militarize police force

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Mary Kay Hertog after announcement of her new position with the Hawaii Police Commission. It is published here at the author’s request.

Dear Ms. Hertzog:

Congratulations on your new position with the Hawaii Police Commission.

What do you intend to do to reverse the militarization of the Kauai Police Department? I don’t have to see the inventory. I have no doubt the federal government seeks to militarize every police department in the United States by handing out tons of active combat equipment, weapons and riot inciting camouflage designed combat clothing, even though camouflage does not blend in with the QuikTrip.

With the recent military action against the people of Ferguson, Missouri, every American has a right to question what is going on here. Please don’t tell me those were police and not military. When they look like a soldier, when they act like a soldier, when they speak like a soldier, when they smell like a soldier, then they are soldiers, regardless of the fact that the arm patch reads “Police St. Louis County.” This is a bona fide violation of Posse Comitatus. Those soldiers are engaging in treason. They can choose to go bravely to prison instead of aiming guns at Americans as the Oath Keepers that they ought to be. They are engaging in un-American activities. There are sufficient witnesses to convict them all:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.” U.S. Const., Art. III, Sec. 3.

Suddenly changing back to police officer uniforms no longer hides what is really going on and I believe Howard Beale expressed the people’s sentiment about this in the best possible way: “I am as mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” (Network – 1976).

I am sure all the people of Kauai strongly desire to never see this happen here. Therefore, what do you intend to do to make sure this NEVER happens in Kauai?

Here is my suggestion: De-militarize police forces.

1. Return all equipment and training manuals to the Department of Defense. Everything the DoD provides is military.

2. Provide an education program for all law enforcement officers that includes a thorough understanding of the United States Constitution.

3. Provide psychological deprogramming for all law enforcement officers.

4. Prosecute terrorist acts by cops to the full extent of the law.

This is the United States of America, Ms. Hertzog, and I am only loyal to the United States Constitution. We need to bring this country back to rule of law. That law is the United States Constitution. Any alleged law that does not support and defend the United States Constitution to the letter is not law.

Americans have a right to be very angry right now, Ms. Hertzog. Never forget that we are the sovereign and the government is our servant.

I look forward to your assurances that the Kauai Police Department is returning all military equipment, re-educating its officers and enforcing the real law.


Dorothy Kulik is a resident of Kapaa. She can be reached at


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