Letters for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Island is in full bloom

What a beautiful time of year to drive into work on Kauai with the Royal Poinciana trees strutting their beautiful orange/red canopies.

Monty Downs, Wailua

Protesters breaking the law, KPD failing to do job

The legal definition paraphrased is: “any person who intentionally restricts another’s freedom of movement without their consent, even momentarily, may be liable for false imprisonment, which is both a crime and a civil wrong.”

Clearly, the protesters on the North Shore have no legal standing or authority to stop, delay or impede those using public highways, yet they did so, and continue to do so. Why haven’t they been arrested or at least cited?

Standing in front of a car so they can’t proceed, even without causing physical harm, is a classic case of false imprisonment. KPD is not doing their job. Arrest and cite these lawbreakers. The law applies to, or should apply to, everyone equally. Further, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the people who were stopped by these morons sued them civilly for false imprisonment, and rightly so. They would certainly be squarely within their rights to do so.

James Travis, Kalaheo

  1. Wailua June 25, 2019 8:05 am Reply

    They aren’t being charged because that is NOT false imprisonment. They were blocked from driving forward, yes, but no one restrained them or blocked them from reversing their car and going in the opposite direction. If the tourists were restricted from movement in all directions, then a False Imprisonment charge would be valid

    1. Sue June 25, 2019 1:22 pm Reply

      Sorry, Wailua, you are wrong. If you cannot move “freely”, ie the direction you want to go, then it is false imprisonment. “False imprisonment occurs when a person (who doesn’t have legal authority or justification) intentionally restrains another person’s ability to move freely”

  2. Sue June 25, 2019 8:29 am Reply

    Mr.Travis: I am in full agreement with you. I am not sure if they are still protesting on the North side, but if those fools tried to stop me, I would assuredly let them know that they are in the wrong. I hope things have calmed down and those sign holders with plenty of time on their hands have returned to knitting pot holders and dream catchers.

    1. manongindashadow0711 June 25, 2019 3:50 pm Reply

      Stereotyping, huh Sue! What do you do for a living?

  3. Joe Public June 25, 2019 10:54 am Reply

    James, you are absolutely correct. If we did this ini Kalaheo, Lihue, any other town on the island, we would be approached by KPD.

    Why does KPD avoid the north shore? Afraid of confrontation? No real police presence since they moved their operations out of the Hanalei Sub-station and moved their people to Kapaa?

    Why did they move to Kapaa when the main police station is just 7 miles away? Hanalei is left without a real police response as it is over 20 miles away in Kapaa.

    Maybe that is the reason they do not address the problems on the north shore

  4. Debra Kekaualua June 25, 2019 11:45 am Reply

    Mahalo Dr. Downs! Royal Poinciana! beautiful as WAS the wiliwili that is no longer part of our landswap case!

    The N.S. has warrior taking their rightful places! Moratorium is needed to control the uncontrollable!

  5. Major Lee Hung June 25, 2019 2:19 pm Reply

    False imprisonment or not, they are creating a potential safety issue by standing or walking in the middle of a roadway. Drivers are being detained in their vehicles for a period of time by someone not authorized to do so and without suspicion or cause.
    Imagine this happening on the highway in Lihue or Kapaa.

  6. rk669 June 25, 2019 3:25 pm Reply

    Mayor Kawakami needs to address this situation Pronto! Without visiting Tourists,Kauai will Dry up like a sun bleached Twig! It’s our only source of Revenues,TAXES?

  7. Debra Kekaualua June 27, 2019 9:26 pm Reply

    Sun bleached twig or moratorium has the same outcome. Mayor has no powers only we the people who know and practice truth and integrity to all the ignoramouses snakes, who continue using blinders, fearing the line drawn in the coco palms sand is Now straight; no stopping us now! No drama, no stolen mailbox, no more terroristic mindset, sellouts on the backs of geneology, not european, not american, nor america

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