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Police officer hits Maui mayoral candidate with TaserUPDATED 7:22 PM HST Jul 25, 2014Video Transcript
And I'm Yunji de Nies. Wild video tonight of a Maui Mayoral candidate getting tased by a police officer. As you might imagine, the chase didn't end well for him! KITV4's Andrew Pereira has our top story tonight... Andrew? Yunji, Kenny... Beau Hawkes says the officer who shot him with a Taser gun was out of line. A local attorney who worked on a groundbreaking Taser case in 2006... agrees. "COME ON COP! YOU CAN'T DO THIS DUDE! HE'S RUNNING DOWN WELLS. YOU CAN'T DO THIS! TASE! YOU'RE GOING TO GET TASED! AHHHH! GET YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK!" Chase, jolt.. And a face first fall right on the pavement ... 12-dramatic seconds that began with a belief: 34-year-old Beau Hawkes of Makawao claims he's not required to display license plates or follow other county laws because of our country's founding documents. BEAU HAWKES: "THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IS NOT INDEPENDENCE AS A COUNTRY, IT IS OUR INDEPENDENT INDEPENDENCE." One of the laws he apparently chose to ignore was the ban on talking on a cell phone while driving... A lieutentant with Maui Police tells Maui News he pulled him over for that infraction... But Hawkes drove off. The officer spotted the Mayoral candidate leaving the county building about an hour later... And chaos erupted. "COME ON COP! YOU CAN'T DO THIS DUDE! HE'S RUNNING DOWN WELLS. YOU CAN'T DO THIS! TASE! YOU'RE GOING TO GET TASED! AHHHH! GET YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK!" Hawkes was shot with a Taser after the police officer caught up with him on Wells Street near the County building in Wailuku. BEAU HAWKES: "TASERS ARE A VIOLATION OF OUR HUMAN RIGHTS. TASERS ... MAUI COUNTY, MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE THE FIRST POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BAN THE USE OF TASERS. THE BAN ON THE TASERS WILL BE PART OF A LAWSUIT." Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz represented Jayzel Mattos in a groundbreaking Taser case involving Maui police officers in 2006. Seitz doesn't think Hawkes can outlaw the use of Tasers by Maui County police, but he believes Hawkes does have a case. ERIC SEITZ: "MY BELIEF IS THAT WITHOUT QUESTION THIS OFFICER OUGHT TO BE RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES, PUT ON DESK ASSIGNMENT AND PROBABLY SUBJECTED TO A SERIOUS DISCIPLINARY ACTION." Seitz says the Mattos case set a clear precedent when officers can use their Tasers. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals called it "intermediate level of force." ERIC SEITZ: "THAT MEANS YOU CAN ONLY USE IT IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THE POLICE OFFICER IS THREATENED WITH SOME DEGREE OF HARM, OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE THREATENED WITH SOME DEGREE OF HARM." Because Hawkes had no weapon, did not appear to threaten the officer, and was not involved in a felony, Seitz says he could have been easily apprehended. Plus, police backup was on its way. ERIC SEITZ: "THEY COULD'VE CHASED HIM DOWN IN THEIR VEHICLES. MAYBE SOMEBODY MORE PHYSICALLY FIT THAN THE OFFICER WHO SHOT THE TASER COULD'VE EASILY CAUGHT HIM AND CONSTRAINED HIM PHYSICALLY." The Maui County Police Department did not respond to a KITV4 request seeking comment. The Maui News says Hawkes was arrested for resisting arrest and disobeying a police officer. Hawkes says he was arrested for seven traffic violations.