HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Division (HPD) has launched bodycam footage of the deadly officer-involved taking pictures that occurred round 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.
Officers responded to calls of a housebreaking in progress within the Nuuanu space the place they shot 29-year-old Lindani Myeni after an altercation at a house on Coelho Means.
The bodycam footage reveals the primary officer responding, seeing the distraught resident who referred to as 911 and stating the suspect who had been inside her residence.
During a news conference on Thursday, HPD Chief Susan Ballard mentioned that an officer used his Taser, nevertheless it was ineffective on the suspect. The bodycam footage confirms this.
Police say the footage reveals that Myeni attacked the officers they usually had no selection however to take motion.
“They did very properly,” HPD performing deputy chief Allan Nagata mentioned. “They have been courageous and fought for his or her lives. I used to be impressed with what they did. They didn’t shoot or discharge the firearm straight away. This was not a case of overreaction.”
The legal professional for Myeni’s household says the video doesn’t present any proof to justify the deadly taking pictures.
“What Mr. Myeni sees is a flashlight in his face, no identification of who’s yelling at him and a command to get on the bottom,” mentioned legal professional Luke Korkowski. “He’s from South Africa, there’s a variety of crime there, it’s not unusual to be accosted.”
Korkowski says officers ought to have recognized themselves properly earlier than approaching Myeni.
“If you wish to know who’s yelling at you, the very first thing that you’d anticipate is that they might announce who they’re, which they didn’t do,” Korkowski mentioned.
Protection legal professional Megan Kau says the footage does present the assault, however questions why officers didn’t establish themselves.
“How is somebody purported to know to cease if the particular person doesn’t establish themselves as a police officer? So that could be a very large deal,” Kau mentioned.
Kau additionally identified that Myeni ought to have recognized that he was surrounded by uniformed officers by the point he was close to them.
The household additionally desires to listen to the 911 calls and different associated proof. The attorney for Myeni’s family mentioned the story police are telling doesn’t align with the kind of man he was.
All three officers concerned have been taken to the hospital. Two have been launched and the third continues to be being handled for a number of facial fractures as of Friday, April 16.
Myeni suffered obvious gunshot wounds and was taken to a medical heart in vital situation, the place he succumbed to his accidents and died.
Honolulu police have opened an tried homicide investigation.