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The family of a man who was shot and killed by Honolulu Police last year is suing the city for use of excessive force. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said at the time that officers shot year-old Kyle Thomas after he drove his vehicle toward them during a shoplifting investigation. On their way out, Thomas was stopped at a traffic light when several unmarked vehicles surrounded his car. Ballard has ly said that the officers did identify themselves as police. As they were complying, an officer shot Thomas, killing him, the lawsuit says.
No one was brandishing a weapon of any kind or making verbal or physical gestures or threats, the complaint states, and they had not committed any crime. After Thomas was shot, his friend crouched down under the dashboard to apply pressure to his right leg, the lawsuit says. The vehicle stopped when it hit a tree on the opposite side of the street, the complaint says. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene while his friend and girlfriend were taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the lawsuit.
Thomas was in the process of holding his hand in view and the police officer came up and shot him. His family is alleging HPD used excessive force, wrongfully attempted to arrest him, and violated his due process rights. Sarah Yoro, an HPD spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Civil Beat is a small nonprofit newsroom that provides free content with no paywall. To remain a viable business model for local news, we need a higher percentage of readers-turned-donors.
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