Protesters said they laid down on the road and connected their arms with PVC pipes to protect Haleakala from desecration. Despite the protests, the convoy made it to the summit and delivered a four-meter mirror system for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. It will be the world’s most powerful solar telescope, telescope officials said. It’s scheduled for completion in 2020.
Police note that one man appeared to lose consciousness after officers forcibly removed him from under a trailer. He pushed past an officer and dove under the trailer of a moving truck, police said. Police identified him as David Prais and said he struggled with officers and refused to obey commands.
“Officers, in the interest of Prais’ safety and the safety of others, took Prais to the ground and tried to handcuff him,” police said. “He tucked his hands under his body and refused to release them, causing officers to forcibly restrain him and pull his arms free in order to handcuff him.”
While waiting for a vehicle to transport him to the police station, he “suddenly appeared to become unconscious,” police said.
Prais couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday.
He was “taken down” by at least five officers and fell on his face on the asphalt, protester Kahala Johnson said Wednesday.