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Dozens rally in Waikiki following recent police shootings in Hawaii, on mainland

Updated: Apr. 17, 2021 at 5:52 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of people gathered in Waikiki on Saturday for a rally organized by Refuse Fascism Hawaii.

Demonstrators said they were there to “demand justice” for victims of police brutality, including incidents on the mainland.

They also claimed two recent police shootings were acts of police brutality.

The demonstration came in the wake of two deadly Honolulu Police Department shootings in less than two weeks.

On April 5, police shot and killed 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap, following a days-long crime spree.

And on Wednesday, 29-year-old Lindani Myeni was shot outside a home on Coehlo Way after residents said he walked into their house uninvited.

Although HPD justified the officers’ actions in the case that involved Myeni, protestors said both shootings resulted in unnecessary loss of life.

“We’re just demanding justice for all victims of police murder, all victims of police brutality,” said Liz Rees of Refuse Fascism Hawaii. “And, for people who think that this doesn’t happen here in Hawaii, it does.”

“People get this impression that it’s all aloha and butterflies with the police department because the racial makeup is different than on the continent but that’s not the case,” said Lesley Harvey, a community organizer.

Organizers of the rally said one thing they are pushing for is the passage of Brianna’s law, also known as SB 726, which would ban no-knock warrants in the state.

Under this bill, police would need to announce themselves when entering someone’s home.

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