Police Chief: More resources to fight Chinatown crime

Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock
Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu Police Chief Boisse Correa says he's cracking down on crime in Chinatown after a fatal shooting and a stabbing within the past two weeks.

When it all comes down to it, the chief says the recent rash of incidents is because of two reasons: Local and San Francisco-based gang members battling over turf and the right to distribute drugs.

"He thrusted his arm out and jerked his hand out at us," said Chinatown Community & Business Association President Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock.

Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock's been robbed and almost assaulted in downtown as recently as this past weekend.

"He was making some threatening gesture," said Shubert-Kwock.

She's a victim but not your average citizen, she's also the community association's leader and knows of the dangerous threat of gangs, homeless and drunks taking over Chinatown's streets.

"They're more powerful than the people living here, they have guns, you fear for your life," said Shubert-Kwock.

"We aren't going to lose control of the streets," said Honolulu Police Chief Boisse Correa.

Chief Boisse Correa says since the fatal shooting and then assault and stabbing about a week apart, he's upped the department's force in the area.

"If you go into Chinatown you'll see more officers walking the streets, there's a lot of undercover activity and the people usually conducting illegal activities out there have backed off," said Correa.

"I have not seen it, maybe it just happened and that's good," said Shubert-Kwock.

Community leaders want increased communication with police, a detailed plan of the department's organized attack against these unwanted gangs.

"You need to take action, you are there to protect us, we are the taxpayers," said Shubert-Kwock.

An area on edge, what residents say they fear the most is more police tape in Chinatown. Community leaders say they aren't attacking police, they're just urgently requesting their help, presence and leadership in alleviating crime.

They're planning a second march around the area Saturday, April 11th to rally residents and businesses behind this effort.