Wife Files Lawsuit In Hawaii Police Restraint Death

January 25, 2013

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the case of a Hawaii man who died while being restrained by police.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Michele Y.M.H. Torres, the wife of 37-year-old Aaron Torres, is suing the city of Honolulu and the three police officers who restrained her husband at their home on Feb. 20, 2012 after he called 911.

Torres died while handcuffed, shackled and held face-down.

The medical examiner has determined that Torres suffocated and has ruled the death a homicide.

The autopsy also said Torres had cocaine in his blood, and that a contributing cause and significant condition in the death was his history of chronic cocaine abuse.

The city prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against the officers.

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  • January 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm
    Just a thought says:
    ExciteBiker says: "...Shortly after Torres died, police said he had been restrained to prevent him from harming himself." So it was OK for the officers to harm him? Once, he w... read more
  • January 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    ExciteBiker says:
    Jim Dooley at the Hawaii Reporter is reporting that police responded following a series of early morning calls between Torres and 911 operators where he said he needed assista... read more
  • January 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    Susan says:
    A few more facts would have been a wonderful thing!
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