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Man accuses Ala Moana Center security guards of use of excessive force

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An 18-year old man is accusing guards of using excessive force during a recent confrontation.

Marco Lalica was cruising the mall with friends Tuesday night when, according to Lalica, his buddies were accused of loitering and asked to leave.  He tells Hawaii News Now he was on his way off the property when another friend call and asked to meet him on the ground floor mauka side.

Lalica was still on Ala Moana property when security guards confronted him.  Two clips posted on youtube show three security guards subduing Lalica and pushing him face down on the ground.  One of the guards has a knee in Lalica's back, and at least one of them can clearly be heard shouting obscenities.

Lalica says that at no time did he threaten the guards, and that the force they used was unnecessary. 

"I was just clearly telling them over and over that I'm not resisting and they kept using more and more force, kept hurting me even more," said Marco Lalica.

"It made me feel like you put somebody in uniform and they take advantage of that power, and it made me feel bad for the kid and bad for society that things like this happen," said Ariel Agor, who was at the mall during the scuffle.

He shot one of the two videos posted on youtube and calls it a gross example of excessive force.  Lalica filed a report with police on Friday.

He wants the guards fired and is exploring legal remedies including a cash payment.

All the mall will say at this time is that it is investigating the incident.

The California-based security company has not returned our request for a comment.

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