EXCLUSIVE: DLNR official's 'Scarface' post called inflammatory

EXCLUSIVE: DLNR official's 'Scarface' post called inflammatory
Jason Redulla
Jason Redulla

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Say hello to my little friend."
Tony Montana's famous line from the movie 'Scarface' showed up in a recent Facebook post with a shot of an AR-15 assault rifle.
The post may have gone unnoticed except the owner of the gun is Jason Redulla, the acting chief of the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement.
He's the state's top law enforcement official on Mauna Kea, where TMT activists are staging a protest.
"Maybe he thinks he's funny but (it's not funny) when he's in charge of ordering people to go and handle civilians," said Kealoha Pisciotta of the Mauna Kea Hui.
"It's a little bit unnerving given the situation."
Redulla has since removed the post but it's already added to the tensions on Mauna Kea, where protesters are on high alert over rumors that the National Guard may be called in.
State Sen. Will Espero says he has asked DLNR Chairperson Suzanne Case and the state Attorney General's office to look into the Facebook post.
"When you're looking at a quote from a violent part of Scarface, this is a red flag for his superiors to look at," he said.
"Everybody is a little cautious and sensitive when it comes to guns and violence."
Meanwhile, the DLNR says that the gun was not issued by the state but is Redulla's personal weapon. Case issued this statement today:
"Mr. Redulla and the DLNR regret the posting … Upon reflection, this posting could be viewed as inappropriate, given Mr. Redulla's position," she said.
The DLNR declined further comment, saying it's a personnel matter.

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