I posted this in another thread but it deserves its own thread.
In light of all the police brutality threads on ows. I thought I should share this story of police corruption and racism with LOP.
I was living on maui hawaii for 4 years and while I hate to paint the island in a bad light. This story is overwhelmingly sad and more people should know about it.
I moved to maui in 06 and for the first year I was with my girlfriend at the time so I just spent all my time with her but then she had to come back to the mainland to handle some responsibilities. after she left I had time to get to know many people on maui. and I met some of the coolest most loyal friends I have ever had. groups of friends there are very tight and word travels like the wind. they call it the "coconut wireless" effect
when I started to get close to these people is when I heard about Yesuha Boerstler.
also known as "yesh". In hawaii white people are the minority and racism is very prevalent.
if you were not born locally you are known as a "howlie". many white people have experienced racism in hawaii but it is quite unusual for it to turn to deadly violence.
In fact crime rates on maui are very low and for the most part it is a very safe place to live compared to the lower 48. but yesh fell victim to a heinous crime that has gone unpunished. In 2006 yesh was seen at a local keg party and there was a conflict over a girlfriend with a local that shall remain unnamed.
yesh was talking with this girl and the local guy became enraged and walked up behind him and hit him in the head with a d cell mag light. the perps friends then joined in and they beat yesh to a pulp and then dragged him into the street and ran over him with a truck killing him.
There were 50 or 60 witnesses to the homicide. and every body knows exactly who did it.
the prime reason this crime went unpunished is because the murderer was the son of the chief of police at the time. This chief of police was widely known to be corrupt and rumored to be committing crimes of drug dealing,theft and even raping teenage girls.
The murder was questioned by investigators but somehow the case never went to court and no charges were pressed. for a short while the killer disappeared to another island but has since returned to maui and is rumored to have killed another white male who was thrown off of a cliff near the famous lighthouse on the way to lahaina.
Again no charges... This murderer stalks local parties trying to invoke fights and screaming racist slurs at every white person he sees. he is a menace and deserves the death penalty.
yet because of his ties to the police nothing is done about it.
police corruption is rampant in the islands just like any city. cops are known to engage in theft of marijuana, selling of narcotics. assault, false arrest. rape. you name it they are the men in blue. My heart goes out to the family and friends of yesh. and this story has always bothered me tremendously. even though i did not know yesh personally. he was close to some of my best friends and I feel like i knew him.
I am retelling the story as it was relayed to me by a very trusted source. And from what we have been seeing this past month from all the protests I am simply outraged at the way these cops are treating the people who pay for their salary. we can not allow this country to plummet further into chaos we need to stand up.
here is the news clipping from yeshes murder.