KPD Blue: A Decade of Racism, Sexism, and Political Corruption in (and all around) the Kauai Police Department
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18 of 20 found the following review helpful:
MUST READ FOR EVERY KAUA'i RESIDENT Oct 08, 2008
By Gordon Labedz
"Gordon LaBedz, MD"
This book can be read very quickly and should be read by every resident of Kaua'i. Anthony Sommer has a pretty negative and static world view, but he is an excellent writer who has done his homework. Many government entities and police departments are made up of corrupt good-ol'-boys who think they are the "good guys," and Kaua'i is no exceeption. Some of his revalations are shocking. For instance, former Sargent Mel Repozzo's particpation in, esentially, a rape of a prisoner in police custody has been called by everyone on the island a "lap dance." This was no lap dance. Sommer gives us the blow by blow court transcript. Rapozzo wasn't even disciplined for this and instead was elected to Council. Had this book been out, he never would have been elected.
15 of 17 found the following review helpful:
You have to live here to believe it. Aug 31, 2009
By The Capt.
After 13 years on Kauai, being a family man 'haole' raising my 2 young children here in one of the epic centers of racial hate, Hanapepe Valley, one can only say say you have to live here first to fully understand and believe this book.
It does hit the mark, and though there were mis-spellings, and some extrapolations on incidents, this probably comes from utter frustration and disbelief. It only gives just a few of the incidents, but this is an 'every day' situation here. They call it Hawaii's dirty little secret. This is one of the most beautiful islands in the pacific, with some of the nicest residents you could find, but there is a large pocket of them who fit this 'old guard' belief. Most are not Hawaiians, believe it or not, but mixed raced asian immigrants claiming 'Hawaiian ancestry'. Racism is 'poverty of the mind', bitterness toward change, and a need to 'belong or have membership' towards something you can universally hate together. It is a virus, taught from parent to children. Very sick, and it's time is well past and over in 2009. This from a man who has lived with remote islanders in the South Pacific, Australia's aboriginals, as well as Birmingham, Alabama.
Good for you Sommer. It's about time someone stood up and called it what it is.
17 of 20 found the following review helpful:
KPD Blues Jan 18, 2009
By The Lone Ranger
As a long-time Kaua'i rsident, I found the book (unfortunately) accurately describes the police/political situation on Kaua'i. I say unfortunately, because the book describes corrupt, out of control government entities that have not followed the law for far too long. I can only hope the book will be the impetus for a thorough reformation. But as the book points out, it will not happen as long as Kaua'i keeps electing the same politicians.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
KPD Blue: A Decade of Racism, Sexism, and Political Corruption in (and all around) the Kauai Police Department Nov 05, 2011
Amazing book! It gives you a bigger perspective of a reality that you wouldn't know otherwise: If you live on Kauai it's something that you need to read in order to understand why sometimes things don't work they way they should... Everything makes more sense now...
13 of 17 found the following review helpful:
This is a book worth reading Dec 16, 2008
By A. Victom
As a victom of a violent crime on our beautiful island of Kauai I was treated well by our police department and our mayor. What shocked me was the prosecuting attorney at that time (1995-1997) who was working on my case sent me a letter stating "he understood my frustration with the slow wheels of justice, but if I exposed him he would sue me for slander". How is that for someone that was supposed to be helping me and the state convict a violent crimminal with a rap sheet pages long? Oh, and he has just been rehired by the new mayor in a different capacity! Fortunately for me new prosecutors came into office, and the case finnally went to trail. Its also interesting that you cannot purchase this book on Kauai.
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