Family members say Dinnan unfairly beaten by police

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Jun 04 2013 11:23:53 PM HST
Updated On: Jun 05 2013 06:19:01 AM HST

It's still unclear who stole that car, but family members of Stephen Dinnan say it wasn't him.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii -

A Kaneohe resident who was detained by police in Waimanalo on Monday has died. Family members took Stephen Dinnan off life support around 6:20 p.m Tuesday.

Family members say the 35-year-old was pronounced "brain dead" Tuesday morning at the Castle Medical Center in Kailua.

Police released this statement on Tuesday:

"Around 5 p.m Monday police attempted to locate a stolen vehicle at a Waimanalo residence. Upon seeing the first officer arrive, two males immediately fled the area. The officer and a private citizen were able to locate one of the males who fought off and resisted attempts to detain him."

"Shortly after being brought under control the male became unresponsive and resuscitation efforts were initiated. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The professional standards office has opened an investigation into the incident."

Meanwhile, family members say Dinnan was unfairly beaten by police. They say Dinnan did not steal the vehicle and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They say his girlfriend dropped Dinnan and his child off at a friends house and briefly left the area. When she returned she found Dinnan laying on the ground and not breathing.

Dinnan's family says that officers did not try to resuscitate him, instead they say it was the owner of the stolen vehicle that jumped in to help. He was taken to the Castle Medical Center in critical condition.

Family members say Dinnan grew up in Hau'ula but had moved to Kaneohe with his girlfriend. He has four children ranging from six-months to eight-years-old.

The incident is now under investigation. Police say the officer involved has 26 years of service and is now on administrative leave.

Stephen Dinnan has no prior record.

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