Census Worker Shot At… Another Arrested???

Well the question has been put out there via Punaweb and in the interest of fair government and accountability I think I can respond in the following way to the question that was posted (my response below):

Well I’ve stewed on this for two weeks and can’t stand it any longer.

In talking with a friend who was a census enumerator, I was told of at least two events that should have been reported. Another worker confirmed his story. They both told me they were ordered not to talk about it. That’s why I’ve waited for it to come out elsewhere.

A census taker in lower Puna was shot at. They were initially instructed to ignore posted “No Trespass” signs and go unto private property. In the same area, a census worker who was following these instruction was actually arrested for trespassing. To make matters worse, the census bureau left this person in jail and didn’t help them get out.

My question is why is this being witheld from us? It seems a shooting and arrest involving government workers would be public knowledge.

I can’t comment too much on the allegations.

I will say that an Enumerator did report being shot at and the matter has been turned over to the Local Census Office via an Info-Com that was filled out after the incident.

I will also say that an Enumerator was arrested for Simple Trespassing and anything that needs to be found out about the case can be viewed as it is public record.

To the allegation that the Census Bureau “…left this person in jail…” is nonsense.

I myself talked to the enumerator while in custody and after talking to him, called up Waianae and did my best to deal with the situation. I then found out that he had himself bailed out on the $25.00 bail and was let go after agreeing to the court things.

I myself personally went down to the police department in Hilo to try and obtain records of the incident but was told that it needed to be on official Census Stationary… at which point I left it up to my supervisors.

This is all I’m gonna say.

6 Responses

  1. If your’e one of the good old boys (otherwise known as the “in” crowd), you can get things done. If your’e an outsider (just an ordinary member of the community), tough! You’ll never get satisfaction, because you don’t count.
    Like those people living in the jungle of the Big Island, even those in the police force! So much for upholding the law?

  2. I’ve been an enumerator. Most of the time, citizens of Hawaii “get it.”
    Some with kids running all over refuse. You try to politely explain
    it would help their kids when they go to school (we need the money).
    Soo much paranoia, about disclosing private info is in the air
    (I don’t blame them). When they finally decide to answer questions, they
    are usually amazed the questions are far less ‘detailed” than they
    expected. They actually seem relieved, thankful,and the majority of
    people are just fun to meet.

  3. I don’t understand why there’s this effort to go to peoples’ houses. Mail the forms out and call it good. It’s their loss if they don’t return them (as in not receiving their “fair” share of government funding).

    • This is not the way it works. They aren’t hurting themselves as much as they are hurting their community. Fair share is a load anyway and has nothing to do with the constitutional mandate. But losing representation is a big deal.

      Only if a person doesn’t believe in the US constitution, should her refuse to fill out the short form- at least names.

  4. Damon,

    I can’t believe you posted such libelous comment regarding former council member Leningrad Elarionoff. I urge you to talk to Leningrad about this and remove this comment ASAP.

  5. Aloha

    I wish only the best for census workers and hope others respect their work and need to do their job.

    Your advice to view the pertinent information that is in the public record is misleading. Public information is not public, even to victims of crimes unless you are connected. Past Councilmember Leningrad Elarionoff even illegally accessed the NCIC crime database to harass a private citzen during one of his election campaigns without any negative consequences for him. My experiences were considerably different.

    After Council Member Emily Naeole threatened to ‘sig her boys on me’ to a witness because I didn’t vote for one of her illegal spending schemes, police were notified by then County Clerk Casey Jarman. I was never able to access the police reports that were filed. In 2008 when the prosecutors told me they felt it necessary to file 1st degreee terroristic threatening charges against Emily I asked for a copy of the police reports. It has been almost two years since this incident occurred yet I have never gotten a copy of the police report (despite frequent verbal and at least one written request. The prosecutors have never filed charges nor have they sent me a copy of the police report they promised me. Forget about transparency or getting things that are in the supposedly public record.

    This is in contrast to actions taken against a former attorney who was alleged to have threatened former Mayor Yamashiro more than a decade ago. There was no witness to that incident yet he faces immediate arrest in our county. Two types of justice depending on who you are and who you are embraced by.
    a hui hou
    Former Councilmember Bob Jacobson

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