LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck is warning against misinformation spread in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.
In a statement released Wednesday, Raybuck confirms that there “are no specific or credible threats against locations in the County of Kaua‘i” at this time.
“KPD is closely monitoring current events and remains vigilant for actors that have the intent to engage in criminal and seditious behavior,” Raybuck wrote. “The department has initiated a plan to prevent and respond to acts of criminal or civil disobedience and ensure the safety of our community.”
Raybuck acknowledged “protests of varying sizes in past months,” noting that participants have been peaceful and KPD would not infringe on First Amendment rights to protest.
“Your Kaua‘i Police Department, along with our federal law enforcement partners, continue to monitor the situation at the national and local level,” Raybuck wrote in a statement.
Raybuck asked the community to refrain from reposting or sharing “internet chatter on social media.”
“The spread of dubious information increases community anxiety, assists bad actors with their goal of creating chaos in the community and supports the perpetrators attempt to remain anonymous.”
In his letter, Raybuck called violence seen in Washington, D.C. last week “horrific and disturbing to witness.”
Earlier this week, County of Kaua‘i Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar signed a joint statement from the Fair and Just Prosecution condemning the attacks on the nation’s Capitol.
“We are committed to preserving First Amendment rights, but as law enforcement leaders, we know that those rights do not include fomenting violence, interfering with fair elections, or rioting and looting in the halls of the heart of government,” the statement reads. “We must hold accountable all those who were responsible for Wednesday’s events, including anyone who incited and participated in the violence and all who failed to be prepared and appropriately respond to it.”
Reports of suspicious activity or potential threats can be made to KPD Dispatch at 241-1711 in non-emergency situations. Emergencies can be made to 911.