Big Island inmate to receive large settlement in case over a stolen lunch box
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state will pay a Big Island inmate more than $100,000 in a settlement after he claimed guards beat him up over a lunch box.
In the lawsuit, Zachary Smith said he stole an officer’s lunch box while he was an inmate at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.
As a result, the lawsuit said that corrections officers punched and kicked him, and bashed his head against a wall.
The lawsuit also alleges that officers failed to provide proper medical care following the incident.
The state public safety department agreed to pay Smith $125,000.
Lawmakers approved the settlement Tuesday.
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