Doorbell Camera Footage Shows Moments Before Honolulu Police Shot and Killed Lindani Myeni
Video taken from a doorbell video camera at a Nuuanu property shows Lindani Myeni apologizing to a couple staying at the home on April 14. Moments later, Honolulu Police Department would respond to a 911 call, and shoot and kill Myeni.
Bickerton Law Group, which is representing Myeni's widow Lindsay and her family, sent the previously unreleased video to the media earlier today and posted it on YouTube.
She has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Honolulu Police Department,
alleging officers were motivated by racial discrimination because her unarmed South African husband was Black.
Lindani Myeni was a 29-year-old from South Africa. He moved to Hawaii earlier this year with his wife Lindsay, who is from Oahu, and their two young children.
The lawyers said the Honolulu Police Department reviewed the home security footage (taken from a Ring doorbell video camera) the night of the shooting.
In the video from 91 Coelho Way, a male and a female are seen entering the home. They were identified as visitors staying at a short-term vacation rental on the property. Myeni is seen taking his shoes off before entering the residence.
Myeni's widow says Lindani thought he was at ISKCON Temple next door at 51 Coelho Way, a non-sectarian temple open to the public.
He then leaves and says "sorry" several times. The woman is seen calling 911 and identifying Miyeni from the covered front entrance. The man is also seen in the video, talking on the phone with the landlord.
The doorbell video then cuts to the 911 call synced up with police bodycam footage and audio. The responding officers tell Myeni, "Get on the ground now," several times.
Myeni responds by asking, "Who are you?" A scuffle ensues, the police use a taser on Myeni, then one officer says to shoot him. One officer fired one round, while a second officer fired three shots.
The officers then identify themselves, saying, "police," after the shots are fired.
HPD previously released body camera footage from the responding officers, and a recording from the 911 call.
Last month, a Circuit Court judge ordered the city to release unedited body camera footage and other evidence in the case.