An Hawaii MAGA supporter has sued the state for repeatedly trying to revoke his FCKBLM license plate.
Edward Odquina, 48, cruises around the streets of Honolulu in a red Pontiac Firebird, sporting a license plate short for ‘F**k Black Lives Matter.’
The City of Honolulu approved the plates in January 2021. Seven months later, the city has been fighting to revoke his vanity plates, arguing that they were ‘mistakenly’ issued and the shortened expletive violates the rule against ‘publicly objectionable’ plates.
‘Your personalized special license plate has been determined to be publicly objectionable due to an implied expletive in the first three combination of letters on the license plate,’ a letter sent to Odquina, viewed by the San Francisco Gate, said.
Honolulu’s licensing administration office has threatened vehicle citations, penalties and vehicle seizure.
The plates were supposed to be returned by August 2021 or the vehicle would be considered illegal.
Edward Odquina, 48, cruises around the streets of Honolulu in a red Pontiac Firebird, sporting a license plate short for ‘F**k Black Lives Matter’
Odquina (pictured in red) sued the city after it to revoke his plates on multiple occasion. The City of Honolulu countersued and won, as a judge ruled Odquina did not have a constitutional right to profanity
‘Furthermore, you will not be able to register your vehicle again in the City and County of Honolulu until the recalled license plate is surrendered,’ the letter said.
In June 2022, the city threatened to take legal actions against Odquina, which he continued to ignore until he launched his own lawsuit against the city in September.
The Hawaiian is claiming his First Amendment rights are being violated, but the city countersued him, stating the plates were ‘mistakenly’ issued as supervisor who issued the plates didn’t know what BLM stood for.
When the supervisor asked over the phone what it meant, Odquina reportedly told them it was an acronym for his business.
Odquina does have two business that follow the acronym, however, they were both filed after the license plates were issued. Film Consulting Krav MAGA Bloomberg LLC, was filed for on August 13, 2021, and Fight Communism and Knucklehead B**ch Liberal Marxists was filed on September 22, 2021, according to the San Francisco Gate.
However, before he even had a chance to put the plates on his car or filed his nonprofits with Department of Commerce, his plates were flagged by a representative, when he went to pick up the plates.
‘It didn’t matter what he said it stood for, since “FCK” is an abbreviation for a swear word and that’s not allowed,’ the representative testified, according to the San Francisco Gate.
He has appealed the decision, despite his license plates being reportedly stolen on the December 26 (pictured)
He claimed a man wearing an FBI shirt stole the car before ditching it and stealing the plates
Despite flagging the plate, the representative’s supervisor issued the plate because they were afraid ‘Odquina may become aggressive or out of hand,’ court documents said.
‘”He would rather have the plate issued and then recall it” so that he “could thereafter deal with Mr. Odquina directly rather than have him be aggressive to Satellite City Hall staff,”‘ the documents said.
However, Odquina is arguing in his own lawsuit that, although, his ‘messages include one that is strong, personal, and others may find it offensive’ that the ‘First Amendment protects messages that are strong, personal and that others may find offensive.’
The Hawaiian (pictured) plans to continue with his appeal, despite losing his plates
Two months after the Hawaiian filed his lawsuit, a judge ruled in the favor of the city, stating that ‘government speech not subject to First Amendment review’ and that he does not have the constitutional right to profanity.
Odquina has appealed the decision.
He also claimed someone wearing an FBI shirt stole his Pontiac on December 26, but there is no evidence an actual FBI representative touched his car. A police report was filed with Honolulu Police Department and the car was later found abandoned with no license plates, according to the San Francisco Gate.
The police are still investigating the incident.
Despite the missing plates, Odquina is still proceeding with the legal case.
If he wins the appeal and the plates are recovered, he would be able to get the plates once all legal matters are settled.