Last night I was physically grabbed and shoved by Joe Magaldi
, in public in front of 30 witnesses while I was speaking at a city-sponsored meeting on transit planning at the Blasdell Exhibit Center
acted as a tough bully, trying to force me to stop speaking, and physically shoved me away from the audience by grabbing my shoulders with both of his
hands and pulling me away.
kept my arms to my side and did not resist or fight back in any way, but instead turned to the audience and asked them if they could believe what was happening in front of their eyes.Feeling very threatened by this incident, I quickly concluded my remarks and stopped talking.
It is most disturbing that at the time of this unprovoked attack I was exercising my right of free speech by talking to the audience about a critical public issue - rail transit for Honolulu.
hile I was speaking, Mr. Magaldi
came up behind me and grabbed me with both hands, wrapped around my shoulders forcefully, and tried to pull me away.
Ironically this happened at a city-sponsored meeting on city property concerning an important issue which is coming up as a ballot question in the General Election, which asks the public if they approve or disapprove building rail transit.
further irony is that Mr. Magaldi, who is well know as a fervent rail advocate, and former Marine colonel, is the Chairman of the Honolulu Transportation Committee and former Chairman of the OMPO CAC, for citizen involvement in the transportation planning process.
fter the city presentation we then tried to speak to the audience and this is when I was physically attacked by Mr. Magaldi