February 4, 2013
Kendall is a pro-impeachment, anti-corruption advocate.
Saying someone should die is not considered a threat. Saying you are going to hurt someone or kill someone is a threat.
Saying you are going to hit someone with a bat or pipe (if that is what was actually said) is a threat.
The Saipan Tribune reported:
The defendant also allegedly told Joyner that when the governor uses the back door to avoid the media, he will be there at the same time “and bash him with the metal pipe or aluminum bat.”Kendall said he may have raised his voice, but denied making threats, according to KSPN news.
Kendall was arrested for making "terroristic threats" and disturbing the peace. I abhor violence of all kinds. However, I also understand spontaneous outbursts and wild talk. Kendall was interviewed by KSPN. Based on his interview, it appears that his "threat" was not serious. He appears to have been releasing frustration with words that should not have been said. His actions were wrong. But do they rise to the level of "terroristic threats"?
The judge does not seem to consider that Kendall is a serious threat to the governor since he reduced his bail from $5,000 to $500. The judge, Joseph Camacho, is a strong Fitial ally.
Still, the double standard in the CNMI is not acceptable.
If an opponent of the governor can be arrested for his speech then why wasn't the former police commissioner, Ramon Mafnas arrested? Mafnas pulled a gun on an innocent man and threatened to use it! How many innocent people did this thug threaten? Mafnas was not held accountable, but instead he was removed as DPS Commissioner and appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. The whole affair is outrageous!
Why wasn't the police officer who shoved KSPN reporter Tina Sablan at the Saipan International Airport arrested or suspended? Now that was a threatening and criminal act.
Former police commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro threatened to "kill Fitial and blow up DPS", yet the governor actually appointed him as acting commissioner, and more than once.
Selected enforcement of laws is just another symptom of the corrupt Fitial Administration.
The CNMI is screaming for social change and an end to the corruption and injustice. Frustrations are overflowing. In days to come as the impeachment vote draws near, tensions are going to escalate. Fitial and his allies will use every dirty trick imaginable to maintain the throne and power.
Those advocating for change should resist the urge to play by the opponents' rules. The best path to social change is the high road of nonviolent action.
Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights heroine, Rosa Parks. She fought segregation with civility, poise and dignity because she learned to keep her rage and anger inside. She won.
After the Montgomery Bus Boycott when the courts ruled that buses had to be desegregated, Dr. Martin Luther King and Rev. W. J. Powell issued a page of suggestions for the African Americans who would be reboarding the buses. The page contains wise advice. In part:
"This is a historic week because segregation on buses has now been declared unconstitutional. Within a few days the Supreme Court Mandate will reach Montgomery and you will be reboarding integrated buses. This places upon us all a tremendous responsibility of maintaining, in face of what could be some unpleasantness, a calm and loving dignity befitting good citizens and members of our Race. If there is violence in word or deed it must not be our people who commit it."
". . . If cursed, do not curse back. If pushed, do not push back. If struck, do not strike back, but evidence love and goodwill at all times."In any moral fight it is always best to behave so that the bad guys and good guys can be clearly distinguished.