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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Police Chief Blames San Francisco Gang For Crime Wave -- In Hawaii

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 11:30 AM

click to enlarge 'Dan-O, let's blame this one on those damn San Franciscans'
  • 'Dan-O, let's blame this one on those damn San Franciscans'
Honolulu police chief Boisse Correa -- who has probably endured his fill of "Book 'em Boisse" jokes -- would like to append the old ditty "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." He'd like visitors to his fair city to leave their Coke and Ecstacy here, too.

The chief -- who does not comb his hair like Jack Lord, incidentally -- blamed a recent spike in violent crime in Honolulu's Chinatown on San Francisco gangmembers who are tangling with the locals over the drug trade.

"A gang that's come in from San Francisco, Calif. and they're fighting

over turf on who will distribute certain type of drugs and who will

take control of certain types of activities in the downtown area,"

Correa was quoted as saying on KITV Hawaii television (it is unclear if the chief actually said "Calif." or if this was an addition from a copy editor on the station's Web site -- who didn't bother to correct Correa's ungrammatical sentence). 

"We've

put a lot of effort in moving this group out of Honolulu and then

different individuals will come back into Honolulu -- all part of this

same group." The chief estimated that up to 20 San Francisco

gangmembers have recently hit town and started raising hell --

including a broad daylight Chinatown shooting and stabbing in the last

week and change that have left a man fighting for his life.

It warrants mentioning that Honolulu's Chinatown is not part of San Francisco's Gang Injunction zone. Perhaps the city could look into doing something about that.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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