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Police abuse lawsuit goes to Hawaii federal court

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:39 a.m. HST, Nov 07, 2013

HILO >> A lawsuit accusing police on the Big Island of using excessive force against a man after a drunken driving arrest has been moved to federal court in Honolulu.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that Hawaii County requested the move because 25-year-old John Tredre of Mountain View is accusing three officers of violating his Fourth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

"It's our common practice in the county to refer those cases to federal court," Deputy Corporation Counsel Michael Udovic said.

The lawsuit accuses Sgt. Darryel Tolentino of kicking and slapping Tredre and Officers Keith Nacis and Crystal Kekela of failing to prevent the abuse.

An administrative review board upheld part of a misconduct complaint against Tolentino. Chief Harry Kubojiri agreed with the findings. Nacis and Kekela did not face discipline.

Tredre was arrested in May 2012, and called his mother to bail him out of jail, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit says officers laughed at Tredre when his mother said she couldn't come and Tredre responded by swearing at the officers.

The lawsuit says Nacis entered the room with Tolentino and removed Tredre's handcuffs. The lawsuit says Tolentino threw Tredre to the ground by his ponytail, kicked and slapped him and yelled obscenities.

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joseph007 wrote:
funny, nothing except a verbal reprimand was issued to 1 police officer. other 2 who watched, laughed and helped were let go. hope the county has lots of extra money for the judgement.
on November 6,2013 | 08:01AM
serious wrote:
Oh, I agree, but in this Democratic state, ever hear of the police union??? A cop can't do anything wrong.
on November 6,2013 | 10:42AM
SueH wrote:
Very unlikely Tredre fabricated the charges, but more likely Tolentino used phrases rhyming with "sunken bow-lei" when referring to, and while pummeling Tredre.
on November 6,2013 | 08:07AM
mayihavesumor wrote:
Young white? guy arrested for DUI should keep mouth shut. Been there. Racism is sometimes just under the surface. It's a fact of life got to deal with it or leave. DUI is wrong, swearing at the police is wrong = police abuse. Wrong =wrong Apologies and handshakes all around. No tax dollars paid. Use the money for school A.C.
on November 6,2013 | 10:53AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
If this man's claims are true, these officers should be fired.
on November 6,2013 | 10:55AM
billygoat wrote:
That's right... *IF* true
on November 6,2013 | 12:04PM
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