Thursday, September 17, 2020

"In the last month alone, the Honolulu Police Department has issued approximately 44,000 citations related to the mayor’s pandemic rules"

Civil Beat:

It’s more than double the total of all criminal cases the District Court handled in 2019.

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It’s a massive escalation. For comparison, from March through July, HPD issued only 9,465 coronavirus-related citations

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Officers have issued citations to individuals walking alone outside, parents at the beach with their own children and to homeless people who live outdoors. One man was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation, his citation shows. When officers asked him where he was going, he said he was just “driving around.” He was cited for engaging in nonessential activity.

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The DOH has not publicly identified a single case of COVID-19 that it believes was spread in a beach or park.

In Honolulu, Caldwell’s latest order prohibits a family from visiting the beach together but allows them to go shopping as a group at Target. This week, he acknowledged people’s frustration.