State Rep. Tom Brower is recovering from head injuries suffered after he got into an altercation with homeless people while videotaping them at a Kakaako encampment, media sources reported.

Brower made national headlines in 2013 after he smashed the abandoned shopping carts of the homeless with a sledgehammer in his legislative district, which includes Kakaako and Waikiki. He could not be reached for comment Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Hawaii News Now interviewed two juvenile males who said the altercation started after Brower refused to stop videotaping them. They said they didn’t realize he was a legislator and now want to return his video camera to him.

The altercation occurred about 5 p.m. near the Children’s Discovery Center in Kakaako.

Brower was treated at the Queen’s Medical Center and has since been released. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Brower suffered a concussion and facial injuries.

In 2013, Brower destroyed 30 shopping carts, and admitted to leaving some behind for city workers to pick up. The rest he took to a recycling center, he said.

“I got tired of telling people I’m trying to pass laws,” Brower told Hawaii News Now at the time. “I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets.”

Hawaii Rep. Tom Brower and his hammer

Rep. Tom Brower and his sledgehammer in 2013.

Screen shot from KITV


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