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Jury clears cops in stun gun death

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury in Honolulu has found police did not use excessive force against a man who died after being pepper sprayed and shot with a stun gun, a report said.

The jury ruled Thursday against the family of 38-year-old Sheldon Haleck in the $3 million lawsuit, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The plaintiffs argued the officers’ actions did not comply with use of force standards.

Haleck died in March 2015 after officers used pepper spray about a dozen times and shot him with a Taser three times within five minutes, authorities said.

Haleck was on methamphetamine while walking through traffic, police said.

Haleck’s family brought the lawsuit against three officers. Such cases do not normally reach trial but the city chose not to settle, the newspaper reported.

An autopsy report attributed Haleck’s death to a physical altercation while acutely intoxicated with methamphetamine.