Owner of Hawaii license plate offending BLM sues state, city of Honolulu
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — The owner of a Hawaiian vanity license plate who uses profanity to insult the Black Lives Matter movement is suing the city of Honolulu and the state’s attorney general.
Edward Odquina claims they are violating his civil rights by recalling the plaque.
Court documents show Odquina was approved and paid for the expletive license plate in January 2021. He received it in the summer of 2021.
After receiving complaints, the City ordered him to return the plaque. Until he does, he cannot renew his registration and is subject to citation and seizure of his assets.
Despite this, Odquina’s lawyer claims his client keeps the offensive plate to send a message.
“He wants to be able to express himself, which the law allows, the law allows you to choose six letters, up to six letters and any combination you want to convey a message,” attorney Kevin O’Grady said. .
O’Grady says his client disagrees with BLM‘s positions and is using the letters as part of his business.
The Honolulu City Council has approved to move forward allowing city prosecutors to file a lawsuit against the driver.
City officials also said they have improved the selection process.
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