The stars were blazing when the dogs and I went out at about 5 a.m., and I'm pretty sure I saw Mars, glowing red, not far from the bright beacon that was Arcturus. But within 40 minutes, the clouds were blowing in and the stellar clarity was quickly lost.
There hasn't been much clarity about why Roy Asher and Ale Quibilan, both assistant chiefs with Kauai Police Department, were placed on leave.
The first I heard about it was at 4:48 p.m. yesterday, when someone left this comment on Monday's post:
KPD suspends Asher...
"hahaha you ain't got nothing hahaha you ain't got nothing" -Roy Asher
KARMA KARMA KARMA KARMA KARMA KARMA
I immediately contacted Chief Darryl Perry, who said that Asher had not been suspended, but he could make no further comment.
So I checked with Beth Tokioka at the mayor's office to try and find out if the leave was indefinite, paid, or whatever, but she replied with an email stating:
Per instructions from the County Attorney's office, we are unable to release additional information on this matter.
Next it was on to sources, who said the issue is being kept very quiet, with rank and file also in the dark. But it apparently has something new to do with Darla Abbatiello, the police officer who won a $980,000 settlement against the county after claiming claiming that her civil rights and the protection offered within the Whistleblower's Protection Act were violated.
I don't imagine too many tears are being shed over Asher, who has been carrying on a vendetta against Kingdom of Atooi over their badges. But I have a small soft spot for Quibilan, who at least had the brains to check with the chief before the cops served a warrant for my arrest on trespassing charges stemming for an August 2008 protest at the Naue burial site.
Now, I understand there are laws governing employee privacy. But it seems to me that if the cops and county can release information that seriously smears someone, such as the announcement that Oklevueha Native American Church minister Shane Johnson was arrested for two counts of first degree Promotion a Dangerous drug, second degree Commercial Promotion of Marijuana and three counts of Drug Paraphernalia, even though he has never been charged with a crime, that we the people ought to be informed about what's happening with KPD's top brass.
And finally, for those of you who have seen some of the videos that parody the “shit” that various people say, here's one on “Sh*t People From Hawaii Say.”
Don't expect clarity unless you understand pidgin!