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Dangerous Serving on Heavily Trafficked Freeway by Hawaii AG

On July 3rd, 2014 while driving from Kapolei, Oahu, Mr. George Grace III was forced off of the H1 freeway by two unmarked vehicles driven by three personnel from the State of Hawaii's Attorney General's Office. Unbeknownst to Mr. Grace, these personnel were attempting to serve a non-criminal, civilian evictions notice in the case between the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Kalaeloa Raceway Park.

Although, the secondary vehicle's driver attempted to show his badge and id, it was practically illegible and highly questionable for Mr.Grace to even consider while driving at freeway speeds in a large commercial vehicle. The two vehicles surrounded Mr. Grace's truck amidst heavy traffic and forced him onto the shoulder of the freeway.

From that point, the driver from the lead vehicle exited his vehicle and drew his firearm forcing Mr. Grace to submit to their demands and accept the paperwork at gunpoint. Although not visible in the video, a second gun was also drawn by one of the other agents during the serving.

This is a blatant abuse of authority that could have resulted in tragedy. The entire incident was conducted in a dangerous manner, careless of public safety, on a heavily trafficked freeway. In addition, it is highly unnecessary to be held at gunpoint to serve a simple notice. Mr.Grace feared for his life and the safety of his workers who were witness to the incident.

The worker filming the video recognized an AG agent from his personal dealings and past family relations but Mr.Grace was unaware of any of their identities.

The following video shows the incident as it happened, with bleeps for offensive language. In addition, the gun draw has been slowed and zoomed for your viewing benefit starting at 3:40

Please support the efforts to Save Kalaeloa Raceway Park by visiting Change.org and signing our petition:

https://www.change.org/petitions/department-of-hawaiian-home-lands-save-kalaeloa-raceway-park

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