Video shows man apologized before Honolulu police shot him

HONOLULU (AP) - The doorbell camera video received and released by lawyers representing the family of a man who was fatally shot by Honolulu police two months ago provides more information on the events that preceded the fatal one Encounter with officials played.
The footage shows him arriving at a house, taking off his shoes, entering the house, and then quickly leaving after his presence confused residents. He repeatedly apologized.
After police killed Lindani Myeni in April, his widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that officers were motivated by racial discrimination because her unarmed South African husband was black.
The filming took place three months after Lindani and Lindsay Myeni moved to Hawaii, where she grew up. The couple believed Hawaii's diversity would make it the safest state in America to raise their two black children, she said.
After the April 14 shooting, police said Lindani Myeni's strange behavior frightened inmates and that he violently assaulted the responding police officers and took one to the hospital with a concussion.
Police later released short clips of body camera footage showing him ignoring orders to hit the floor in front of the house he entered, with a police stun gun either not working or having no effect on him. The police video showed an officer firing several shots before saying, "Police!"
Police and city officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday after the widow's lawyers released the video. The now-retired boss Susan Ballard previously said Myeni's race wasn't a factor in the fatal shootout.
A statement from lawyers who released the video said Honolulu police "tried to convince the public that it was a break-in and that Lindani Myeni was acting erratically was untrue."
The statement went on to say, “We have also forced the city to release unedited body cam footage in its original format, which will produce audio and images in much better quality than the version that HPD released on April 16, 2021 for the Press played. "
The recordings of the doorbell show that Myeni arrived at the house shortly after a couple entered that night. According to the lawsuit, the man and woman were tourists staying in the apartment building, lawyers said.
The footage shows Myeni entering the house wearing a face mask and his umqhele, a traditional Zulu headband.
He is later seen standing in front of the house, his cell phone and headband in his left hand.
According to the lawyers, the woman in the house pretended to make a phone call while Myeni was outside and said someone had broken into her home.
Then she called 911 and told a operator about the man and that he had no weapons in his hands.
Myeni can be heard in the video outside the house saying repeatedly, "I'm sorry." He puts on his shoes and leaves, as the footage shows.
Meanwhile, the couple's voices recorded on video make it appear as if they are still on the phone. The man calmly tells someone that Myeni apologized and left. The woman who is still on the road with 911 sounds annoyed.
When the police arrive, they can be heard screaming: "This is him!"
"Get down on the ground now," one hears a police officer say.
"Who are you?" Myeni answers.
He did not know that the people who shone bright lights in his eyes were police officers, according to the family's lawsuit. He likely mistook the house for a similar-looking apartment that houses a temple next door that is open to the public, the lawsuit says.
The footage will be posted on YouTube along with a recording of Justice for Lindani Myeni's emergency call previously released by the police.
The lawyers said they were still evaluating full, unprocessed body camera footage for the time after the shooting.

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