The Honolulu City Council will take up the $75,000 settlement for the civil lawsuit during its meeting Wednesday.
Despite the pending settlement, the city contended it was Kaawa who assaulted the police officers after he was pulled over. The city said Kaawa was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and drunken driving, among other charges.
The city also wrote that it “lacks the the knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of allegations” regarding whether Fleigner beat up Kaawa.
The city denied Kaawa’s contention that the Honolulu Police Department doesn’t sufficiently train its officers in the use of force during an arrest.
Kaawa’s case is part of a string of lawsuits against Honolulu police over the past decade. A 2014 Civil Beat analysis found that from Jan. 1, 2003, and May 1, 2014, the city settled nearly 100 cases involving police officers at a total cost of about $5.7 million.