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Man sues Maui police for buttock gunshot wound

By Associated Press


WAILUKU, Hawaii >> A lawsuit claims a man suffered a traumatic gunshot wound to his buttock by Maui police officers.

Anthony Lum-John claims officers used excessive force by shooting at a truck he was riding in two years ago.

The Maui News reported Friday the 19-year-old's lawsuit claims the bullet can't be dislodged or removed.

Named as defendants are the county, the police department and Officers Jun Hattori, Russell Kapahulehua, Erik Losvar and Harry Matsuura.

Another lawsuit against the same defendants was filed last year by Joshua Nakagawa, who was riding in the truck's bed with Lum-John when police fired 15 rounds.

Police were responding to a report of gunshots fired at a beach gathering.

The lawsuits say Nakagawa and Lum-John were innocent bystanders.

The county says police used appropriate force.

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saveparadise wrote:
Another ambulance chasing lawyer fleecing the city.
on July 20,2012 | 11:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Let's throw him under the bus.
on July 20,2012 | 12:16PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
How fat does your buttocks have to be when you can't dive on in and extract the bullet?
on July 20,2012 | 03:03PM
sluggah wrote:
Then he'll sue the bus company. Tort reform now!
on July 20,2012 | 05:51PM
aunty wrote:
Hope the county doesn't settle and throw the officers under the bus. Know one of them and he is a great guy, not his style to use force. This is typical of new public policy to try and get settlements from government because it costs too much to take into court where it becomes a battle of the lawyers instead of right/wrong.
on July 20,2012 | 01:11PM
aunty wrote:
Besides, where is the rest of the story SA??? Like they were running away after hitting an officer...can't wait to hear Aluli's take on that one.
on July 20,2012 | 01:36PM
Usagi336 wrote:
The story goes that the boys were seeking medical aid for one of the passengers and yet they didn't stop when they saw the parked Police cruisers. The victims should be suing the driver for hitting the officer and then running away.
on July 20,2012 | 02:29PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Usagi. The officer didn't get hit. His pride got grazed. These guys are rushing to a hospital. The officer used Deadly Force. There is a contium of force that officers use. If the threat has passed, deadly force is not an option. How would you explain the Victim getting shot three times? Did the officer do a trial by gun? Yes Maui will pay on this one.
on July 21,2012 | 09:50AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
You sound very logical and informed. There is an understanding that an officer (or anyone) cannot shoot at a fleeing suspect. In most cases, the sentence or punishment for the crime does NOT deserve death. And in this case, just "if" the driver grazed him, the passengers are NOT involved with that and don't deserved to be shot at. Can they account for all 15 shots, where it went and how far and others that may be around. This is reckless endangerment if 'others' did it. They should be sued and they (Police) will lose (or we will, taxpayers) Pity.
on July 21,2012 | 10:52AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
When I heard this was a buttocks shooting I thought the victim would be named Forrest Gump.
on July 20,2012 | 03:02PM
entrkn wrote:
They should have aimed higher...
on July 20,2012 | 06:28PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Total BS that the bulled cannot be removed. Just use a hacksaw...
on July 21,2012 | 06:35AM
Graham wrote:
If the bullet cannot be removed and a ballistic test performed...how do they know if it came from a Police Officers' weapon?
on July 21,2012 | 08:10AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Because the officer said he shot up to 15 rounds. No ballistic needed ,duh.
on July 21,2012 | 09:42AM
Graham wrote:
He could have missed...DUH>>>DUH
on July 21,2012 | 11:35AM
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