Police abuse lawsuit goes to Hawaii federal court

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A lawsuit accusing police on the Big Island of using excessive force against a man after a drunken driving arrest has been moved to federal court in Honolulu.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that Hawaii County requested the move because 25-year-old John Tredre of Mountain View is accusing three officers of violating his Fourth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Michael Udovic says it's common practice to refer similar cases to federal court.

The lawsuit accuses Sgt. Darryel Tolentino of kicking and slapping Tredre, and Officers Keith Nacis and Crystal Kekela of failing to prevent the abuse.

An administrative review board found upheld part of a misconduct complaint against Tolentino. Chief Harry Kubojiri agreed with the findings. Nacis and Kekela did not face discipline.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.