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Wrongful death lawsuit alleges Hawaii police brutality

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The brother of a Big Island man who died after police pulled him over has filed a lawsuit saying officers used a stun gun on him, beat him while he was incapacitated and delayed getting medical help.

Randall Hatori was in a car officers pulled over in Kailua-Kona in 2014. Police arrested the driver on a warrant, but Hatori ran away.

According to the lawsuit, an officer deployed a stun gun, knocking Hatori down. The lawsuit alleges officers beat Hatori and then while he was face-down on the asphalt, another officer arrived and repeatedly kicked him.

The lawsuit says Hatori was left handcuffed and motionless while emergency medical workers tended to an injured officer.

County attorneys declined to comment.

The lawsuit says an autopsy classified the death as a homicide.

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