City council to discuss approving settlement over 2012 police brutality case

(Image: Arrest video, 2012)
(Image: Arrest video, 2012)
Updated: Apr. 25, 2018 at 6:21 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council will debate Wednesday whether or not to authorize the settlement in an alleged police violence case.

In February, a settlement was reached in the case of Jonah Kaahu.

Kaahu sued the Honolulu Police Department over his arrest in 2012.

The Hauula man was reportedly trying to come to the aid of a friend who had been challenged to a fight.

When police arrived, Kaahu ran.

He claims that one officer used handcuffs like brass knuckles and beat him in the back of the head.

Another officer allegedly pepper sprayed him at close range.

The video appears to show him resisting arrest. 

Kaahu spent nine months in jail, before the case was dismissed by a circuit court judge due to police misconduct.

Details of the settlement are confidential until approved by the council.

This story will be updated.

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