Summary: Plaintiffs hired a Police Procedures Expert Witness to provide testimony related to an excessive force claim.
Facts: This case (Silva v. City and County of Honolulu – United States District Court – District of Hawaii – May 21st, 2019) involves a claim of use of excessive force. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants seized the decedent and used excess force when they arrested him for disorderly conduct. The plaintiffs assert that the Honolulu police officers used pepper spray and a Taser multiple times against the decedent. He died following his arrest. The plaintiffs hired Police Procedures Expert Witness Mr. Richard Lichten to provide testimony. The defendants have filed a motion to exclude this expert from testifying.