Story about alleged police abuse proves confusing

The Maui News report (Oct. 31) describing mistreatment of Maui attorney Christopher Carroll and his son by a handful of unnamed Maui police officers is confusing, unless I misread it.

On the one hand, “The lawsuit seeks unspecified general, special and punitive damages. The Carrolls’ Honolulu attorney, Eric Seitz, said he was in settlement discussions with the county. . . . The matter was taken up and then deferred Monday by members of the council’s Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.”

On the other hand, “The Maui Police Department conducted an internal affairs investigation and found that the officers’ use of force and the arrest of the Carrolls were appropriate.”

The dots just don’t seem to connect.

David L. Florence