US surgeon general pleads not guilty to emergency rule citation

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams pleaded not guilty Monday on behalf of the official who was cited by Honolulu police for being in a closed park during a trip to help Hawaii cope with a spike in coronavirus cases.

Adams didn’t travel to Hawaii for the arraignment.

Adams’ aide Dennis Anderson-Villaluz, who was also cited in August, also pleaded not guilty to violating the emergency order.

When an officer found them, Adams was taking photos at Kualoa Regional Park on Oahu’s northeastern coast, according to the citation.

Adams told the officer he was working with the state and didn’t know parks were closed.