State Rep. Tom Brower announced Thursday that he’s pressing charges against the homeless teens who allegedly attacked him last month in Kakaako.

Brower, known for once taking a sledgehammer to 30 shopping carts used by homeless people, made his announcement at the corner of Ohe and Olomehani streets — the site where he got into an altercation June 29 and was taken to an emergency room with a head injury, bruised ribs and a laceration above his right eye.

“We have seen an escalation in the number of assaults in the area, and those who commit these acts need to be held accountable for their actions,” Brower told the reporters.

Wide view of Rep Tom Brower giving press conference announcing he will press charges. Brower called the press conference at the corner of Ohe and Olomehani Streets. 23 july 2015. photo Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Rep. Tom Brower returns to the site of his attack to announce that he’s pressing charges.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Since the altercation, Brower has been maintaining that he was attacked without provocation. But two boys, ages 14 and 17, told Civil Beat last month that the altercation started because Brower refused to stop taking pictures of their encampment without permission.

“We asked him nicely to please stop taking pictures. He told us, ‘Just back off,’” said Isaiah Totoa, 17.

Brower said the photos and videos in his camera would have validated his account of the event, but the boys said they deleted those files when he left the camera at the scene of the altercation.

“I have no anger toward anyone involved; however this is not just about me,” Brower said. “This is about the health and safety of the public. This is about the people who visit the Waterfront Park, the children and families (who) go to the (Hawaii) Children’s Discovery Center, the businesses in the area, and the people who live in the encampments.”

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