By Braddah Lance
Let's get real for a moment.
We all live in the "real world", have to play by the "real" rules and if it doesn't happen to you, you really don't give a crap.
Ok, you might care but it doesn't really affect you as much as it would if something happened to someone you cared about.
In Hilo recently there was a perv who was using his camera phone attempting to video unsuspecting women using the bathroom. What kine of thrill you can get out of that who knows but this creep did it twice in one day within hours. He barely escaped the first encounter by flat out running away but the second time, not so lucky. I don't have a before picture but hea's da aftah picture:
Photo courtesy The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Now the person who "detained" him is facing third-degree assault charges.....
Wassup Wit Dat!
Well, he did unleash fury but the perv was attempting to escape once again and could only be restrained physically - and I believe dat too!
I totally understand that it's "wrong" to go vigilante on anyone but when it's someone that's ohana, does that move the bar to more ok? The detainer was the girl's cousin's boyfriend (in Hawai'i, you know das ohana already) and I gotta give him props for stepping up.
Am I saying it's ok? Um, it depends how you look at it. Think about it. I mean reeeeaaaaaally think about it. If it was just anoddah incident, you might be disgusted or upset and let the law handle it but wat if it hits home? Wat if it was your mother, cousin, niece or heaven forbid your daughter?
I can't even say for certain how'd I react if I was just told that someone was trying to see my daughter naked and there he is. I probably turn into Usain Bolt to chase him down then go all BJ Penn up his okole.
But then again, it could have all changed if the person didn't resist being detained.
Now the cousin's boyfriend who braved detaining him (I say braved because you nevah know wat kine of wacko the perv could have been or if he was carrying a weapon) is/will/should be facing an assault charge. While I do not advocate chasing anyone down, the person was pointed out specifically by the 13 year old victim and was later found to have both videos still on his phone according to news reports.
From a nation so bound by laws, how is it that those who don't abide by them can have the most protection? Have the most leniency? We all can say, without certainty, that criminals tend to have the most "freedom". I mean c'mon, how many times can you commit multiple crimes, be convicted of them and still be out roaming free to chastise a next victim?
Sure our prisons are overcrowded but does that mean criminals are given carte blanche because their crime(s) are less severe? They sure know that they can because they keep getting released. I want to know what the magic number is to keep a criminal in prision? Is it 20 convictions? 30? 40? Just look at the criminals causing havoc and the news reports about them and how long their "records" are. Ai-goo.
I think I want to pitch a reality show to A&E, "Criminal Success - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" And judging from da throngs of "reality" shows out there, I know dis one can be my Mega-Millions..... if not, I'll just go on a free-99 five-fingah discount and take my own riches cause I know I won't be going to jail... at least on the first 13 offenses.