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Man arrested on Nanakuli beach files excessive force lawsuit

A man who appeared to be harassing a monk seal was later involved in an altercation with police. A man who appeared to be harassing a monk seal was later involved in an altercation with police.

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A man arrested after National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration volunteers called police to report he was harassing a Hawaiian monk seal at a Nanakuli beach has filed an excessive force lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Jamie Kalani Rice stood motionless as a Honolulu police officer used a baton to hit him in the arms, torso and legs.

His attorney Michael Green said Monday his client is bipolar and suffers from schizophrenia.

The Honolulu Police Department declined to comment on pending litigation.

Video recorded by the NOAA volunteers shows Rice kneeling next to the endangered animal. The video shows the officer approach and pull out pepper spray and a baton. Rice walks away and the officer follows. The officer is seen hitting Rice with the baton until Rice hits the ground.

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