Honolulu Police Department has been chastised by civil rights activists and groups in the United States for the unjust murder of Lindani Myeni.
In a joint statement on Thursday, the National Action Network (NAN) and Rev. Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights activist in the United States, condemned the Honolulu Police Department for shooting Myeni unlawfully.
The 29-year-old Myeni was a rugby player from Kwa-Zulu Natal. He moved to Hawaii earlier this year with his wife, Lindsay, who is from Oahu, and their two young children. He was shot and murdered by Honolulu police soon after 2 a.m. on April 14 at 91 Coelho Way in Nuuanu.
In a newly released video, both the guests and Myeni can be seen driving into the house’s U-shaped driveway, entering the house calmly just seconds apart.
When Myeni realised his error, he quickly left, gently apologizing for his error and stating, “I’m sorry.” He was still in the driveway when he exited the house a few minutes later, three police officers confronted him after receiving a 911 “burglary in progress” call from vacationers.
Honolulu police confronted Myeni. “Get down! Get down! “, one shouted to Myeni while holding a 600-lumen flashlight and gun.
In a struggle with the officers that ensued, Myeni said his last words to the officers, “Who are you?” The first words spoken following the last three shots fired by the officers were, “police!”
“Neither Myeni’s demeanour nor actions are indicative of hostility, burglary, or any other crime,” read the joint statement.
Once again, said Sharpton “I am saddened to hear from a family seeking justice for the senseless killing at the hands of police on Hawaii’s Island of Oahu that goes against the spirit of aloha.”
“The killing of Myeni is yet another sensational case of the police not following the law or following proper police procedures and racializing an innocent black man,” said Sharpton.
Myeni’s killing must not be considered another deplorable disregard for black lives as a result of the Honolulu police department’s and Hawaii’s prosecutors’ intransparent and assertive pursuit of justice.
“In any other case, it would be contrary to the spirit of Aloha, which embraces love and respect for all lives, including those of the black community. I firmly believe that the Honolulu Police must release all pertinent information to the Myeni family so that they have an understanding of what is going on in this case and can seek appropriate justice,” said Reverend Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network.