Lā 124: Complaint we filed today regarding officers breaching public trust by refusing to identify themselves by giving name and badge number on June 24, 2015.
"On the morning of Wednesday June 24th 2015, members of the Mauna Kea Ohana interacted with officers of DOCARE and County of Hawai'i Police Department along Mauna Kea access road approximately 100 yards from cattle gurad nearest to the highway, and approximately 200 yeards from the below Humuula Sheep Station. Members of MKO spoke with occupants of every law enforcement vehicle and requested that all officers provide name and badge numbers. The majority of officers from both departments were cooperative. The substance of this complaint is that by refusing to identify themselves, the above listed officers have attempted to place themselves beyond public accountability and thereby violated the publics trust.
The above listed officers were notified that an official complaint would be lodged if they did refuse, and they did not appear to be at all concerned, and even displayed a dismissive attitude toward the possibility of a complaint. A similar complaint is being filed with County of Hawai'i PD at the suggestion of Captain Richard Sherlock - HPD regarding refusal by HPD officers, as did Lieutenant Lino Kamakau when consulting with him to the most appropriate recourse at the time of the incident. Please note that although Lt Kamakou did agree with Captain Sherlock, he appeared reluctant to do so.
The issue of the State of Hawai'i Law Enforcement officers refusing to identifying themselves is of particular concern in light of recently surfaced reports of Officer Jason Redulla's "Scarface" facebook post which include an AR-15 assault rifle and his officaial badge. Although the photograph is of Officer Redulla's personal weapon, the matter of personal ownership does not in any way mitigate the inherent connotation of violent intention, especially due to the fact that it is now difficult to determine whether officer Redulla was present at the time and amongst the officers who refused to identify themselves.
It should be understood by now and by all parties involved that the issue of Mauna Kea is deeply sensitve and must be handled as delicatly as the mountain itself. It certainly should not be made potentially volatile by the actions of law enforcement agencies and their employees when Human Rights are at stake.
Sources David Schlesinger and Puaʻena Ahn