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Police operations on Mauna Kea are expensive ‘speed trap,’ county chairman says

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2019
                                Hawaii County has spent more than 
$4.65 million on police overtime in connection with the Thirty Meter Telescope standoff at Mauna Kea.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2019

    Hawaii County has spent more than $4.65 million on police overtime in connection with the Thirty Meter Telescope standoff at Mauna Kea.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2019
                                Police previously said that officers were ticketing passing motorists on Daniel K. Inouye Highway for the safety of 
motorists and pedestrians. But Hawaii County Council Chairman Aaron Chung said, “Basically, they’re giving all of these tickets, and I don’t see any progress, so I don’t know what they’re up there for.” At left, law 
enforcement officers in July stood by to disperse opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope along Mauna Kea Access Road.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2019

    Police previously said that officers were ticketing passing motorists on Daniel K. Inouye Highway for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. But Hawaii County Council Chairman Aaron Chung said, “Basically, they’re giving all of these tickets, and I don’t see any progress, so I don’t know what they’re up there for.” At left, law enforcement officers in July stood by to disperse opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope along Mauna Kea Access Road.

Hawaii County police stationed on Mauna Kea have issued more than 7,600 traffic citations during the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, and a frustrated Hawaii County Council Chairman Aaron Chung is now describing police operations on the mountain as an enormously expensive “speed trap.” Read more

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