I'm working on posting a researched and reasoned response to the bunch of bills criminalizing homelessness (specifically Bills 2, 6, 7, and 8) that the Honolulu City Council is proposing as expedients to clear parks of pesky... I was almost going to write "campers" but camping is a recreational activity and those in tents simply have no private residence. But that will take a day or two to draft.
Meanwhile I got hold of some video by the Thomas Square Park deOccupy Honolulu people, Nova Smith and Sugar Russell. After more than 60 raids on the tent community, most police squad visitations are rather routine. deOccupy Honolulu is a politically organized group focused on pointing out the social and financial inequities inherent in a system that allows corporations to dictate legislation. By now, everyone who has had to endure these raids has formed a meaningful empathy with the houseless community. I sure have.
The City is currently under a Federal 9th Circuit Court agreement about how the raids can be conducted, and in any case the police know that this isn't an encampment where they will find weapons, drugs, or illegal activity. No one's going to bust Shao Lin moves or even hurl anything foul at the police other than strongly worded political commentary.
So when a cop went berserk during a raid yesterday and injured a deOccupier, Chris Nova Smith decided to walk the half block to the main Police Station and make a complaint. This video is from video shot by Smith and Russell.
This kind of threatened violence and berserk behavior is criminal and goes way beyond what should happen when making a complaint on a police officer. In my humble opinion. In any case, the police successfully prevented Smith from making a complaint that day. I believe he will make another attempt and I completely support that intent. I'm thinking more people and videographers/documenters might be necessary as "human shields" with cameras.
So there you have it. I just wanted to make a separate post with this video to make it easy to find and reference. I'll have a post on the Honolulu City Council's proposed ordinances to criminalize homelessness in another day or two.
H. Doug Matsuoka
14 March 2013