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Personnel details should accompany city settlements


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 12, 2014

~~<p>Year after year, Oahu taxpayers pay to settle lawsuits provoked by the wrongdoing of city employees. The damage done to the victims in these cases transcends monetary loss, of course, but the financial burden borne by all for the misconduct of a few also is a serious matter.</p>
<p>This year the tab reached $3.67 million, as the Honolulu City Council last week unanimously approved settlements of four major legal claims, including $1.4 million for the survivors of a man who was suffocated by the Honolulu police who were trying to arrest him; $1.25 million for a woman whose right foot was amputated after she was hit by a city garbage truck; $950,000 for a pedestrian permanently injured when she was struck in a crosswalk by an off-duty police sergeant driving a city-subsidized vehicle; and $70,000 for a man whose Kaneohe home was violently raided by Honolulu police who mistook his bamboo trees for marijuana plants.</p>
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Year after year, Oahu taxpayers pay to settle lawsuits provoked by the wrongdoing of city employees. The damage done to the victims in these cases transcends monetary loss, of course, but the financial burden borne by all for the misconduct of a few also is a serious matter.

This year the tab reached $3.67 million, as the Honolulu City Council last week unanimously approved settlements of four major legal claims, including $1.4 million for the survivors of a man who was suffocated by the Honolulu police who were trying to arrest him; $1.25 million for a woman whose right foot was amputated after she was hit by a city garbage truck; $950,000 for a pedestrian permanently injured when she was struck in a crosswalk by an off-duty police sergeant driving a city-subsidized vehicle; and $70,000 for a man whose Kaneohe home was violently raided by Honolulu police who mistook his bamboo trees for marijuana plants. Login for more...



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