Candidate for Maui mayor Tasered by police
WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A candidate for Maui County mayor was Tasered by police who were trying to arrest him Wednesday morning.
A bystander recorded cell phone video of a police officer trying to arrest Beau Hawkes outside the Old Wailuku Court House building. The officer can be heard telling Hawkes to put his hands behind his back, and that he is under arrest. Hawkes takes off, with the officer in pursuit as he runs down Wells Street.
"C'mon cop! You can't do this!" Hawkes can be heard yelling. He then stops, then changes direction, going back up the road.
The officer pulls out a Taser and warns Hawkes: "You're being tazed! You're being tazed!" A moment later, the officer fires the Taser, which strikes Hawkes, who appears to fall face-first on the pavement just out of the camera frame.
Hawkes said the incident actually began earlier that morning, when he was pulled over on Haleakala Highway for using a cell phone while driving and driving without license plates. The Makawao man claims that cell phone ban is illegal because it was not approved with a vote "by the people," and that he is an "independent private person."
"Part of that means I do not use license plates, driver's license, pay taxes, do anything that would bring me into the corporate America system," he said.
Hawkes said he told the officer that he had to go to a county council committee meeting and left. He says the officer let him go, but was waiting for Hawkes outside the meeting.
"I was not resisting, and I'm here, and what would you like to talk about?" Hawkes said he told the officer. "He said, 'Turn around, you're under arrest.' I said, 'What are you arresting me for? I've done nothing.'"
Hawkes said he ran because he went into what he called a natural state of fight or flight. At one point shortly after he was Tasered, he asks a bystander if the incident is being recorded. He said he's glad that it was caught on camera.
"We cannot keep seeing our brothers and sisters going down like this from police force, and see on TV and the internet that that's okay," he said.
He said he has no animosity toward the officers who arrested him, and he's also glad that the incident has brought attention to his campaign for mayor.
"I told the officers that I loved them. I told them that I forgive them. I thought it was kind of funny that they had tazed their future mayor."
Maui Police did not respond to a request for comment.
Hawkes was charged with resisting arrest and failing to obey an officer. He posted $300 bail and is scheduled to appear in court August 21.
And he said he's "absolutely" still running for mayor.
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