Family demands answers from HPD, city after stun gun death

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A Honolulu family is demanding a response from the mayor and police department over their son’s death.

In March, officers used a stun gun on Sheldon Haleck, 38, because according to police, he was acting erratically in front of Iolani Palace.

Haleck eventually tripped and fell. After officers arrested him, he fell unconscious and then died at the hospital.

The medical examiner ruled Haleck’s death a homicide, and his family says they still have yet to hear from the city or HPD.

“Nobody’s even bothered to call me or say anything,” said Haleck’s father, Bill Haleck. “They’ve been, in my opinion, the Honolulu Police Department has been very nonchalant about this thing. Somebody died as a result of this thing.”

In October, Haleck’s family filed a lawsuit through attorney Eric Seitz against the confronting officers — Christopher Chung, Samantha Critchlow and Stephen Kardash — as well as against Corporation Counsel Donna Leong and Police Chief Louis Kealoha for covering up the events surrounding Haleck’s death.

“We are now demanding that the police chief step down or be fired,” said Seitz. “We’re demanding some response from Mayor Caldwell that he knows about this case, that he’s concerned about this case.”

The city says only the police commission has the power to hire or fire the police chief.

HPD says it won’t comment on pending litigation.

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