“We figure it has something to do with the APEC meeting at East-West Center,” she said.
Wasn’t there also a peaceful anti-APEC protest scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the University of Hawaii campus, too? That’s just two blocks from Saint Francis.
Civil Beat was on it!
Squad Cars and Laptops
Turns out that Hadfield was definitely correct about one thing: There were cops at Saint Francis.
Several squad cars were sitting together in an area of the parking lot set off by orange cones. Underneath a white tent about 10 cops, most of them in uniform, were talking, drinking bottled water and staring at the screens of laptop computers.
Asked what they were doing at Saint Francis — and whether it had something to do with APEC protests just down the road — an HPD sergeant declined to say. He directed inquiries to HPD Spokeswoman Michelle Yu, who said, “The officers at the school were not monitoring the protest but were available if needed.”
Civil Beat took some pics of the cops and their cars. As our intrepid reporter-host was leaving, a cop approached with a request.