Honolulu police officers on trial for excessive force claims

HONOLULU — A trial is underway for three Honolulu police officers accused of using excessive force on a man shot with a stun gun who later died.

The family of Sheldon Haleck is suing the officers. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports such cases rarely go to trial, but the city of Honolulu isn’t settling.

Attorneys for the family say Haleck, who was high on methamphetamine, wasn’t threatening anyone when officers pepper-sprayed him about a dozen times and shot him with a Taser gun as many as three times.

Haleck was walking through nighttime downtown Honolulu traffic in 2016. The officers say by being in the middle of a major five-lane street, Haleck put himself and the officers in danger.

The officers say they used reasonable force, which didn’t kill him.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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