Report: Detained Kaneohe man was in chokehold

Published  2:57 PM HST Jul 24, 2013
Stephen Dinnan
HONOLULU -

The medical examiner's office says a man who died after being in Honolulu police custody was in a chokehold by someone accusing him of stealing a vehicle.
    
According to Stephen Dinnan's autopsy report, he was running away from police when the person reporting an auto theft stopped him and put him in a chokehold last month.
    
The report says 35-year-old Dinnan became unresponsive after he was handcuffed while prone.
    
His death is ruled a homicide.
    
Myles Breiner is representing Dinnan's girlfriend, the mother of their two children. Breiner says he asked the FBI to investigate because he doesn't believe the Honolulu Police Department will conduct a fair investigation.
    
A police spokeswoman says the officer involved had returned to patrol, but after the report was released was assigned desk duties.

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