From Facebook to the State Capitol, some members from the group Stolen Stuff Hawaii called on lawmakers to pass stricter laws to help victims.
The rally focused on crime and corruption. Dozens of the group’s members spent the day waving signs and advocating for change, hoping their actions will make Hawaii a safer place for everyone.
“Crime hits everybody and a lot of people are traumatized by the crime that happens,” Dwayne Fedalizo, a rally participant, said. “You see something, say something. We back up HPD and give them a call, they’re here to help us.”
Police say the partnership is not official but it appreciates strangers coming together to help solve crimes.
“Amazing how powerful it is when you put together the community and the voices of the community as one. This is just how powerful it is. This is what we’re talking about so all you criminals out there, beware,” Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, said.
That’s been the group’s creator, Michael Kitchen’s goal since he started the page in 2014.
“We’re going to try and make change for our communities against crime. To be honest, a lot of people has been victimized. We need to where our laws work for us. Stop making it easier for the criminals, start making it better for the victims,” Kitchens said.
Honolulu City Council member Heidi Tsuneyoshi recognized Stolen Stuff’s effort with a honorary certificate.
“To encourage them to be that voice for themselves and their communities and then bring that voice into government so as elected officials, we can encourage and make the necessary changes to fully represent what people are asking for,” she said.
The next rally is scheduled in January before the 2020 legislative session.