A man who peacefully protested the opening prayers at the Hawaii legislature two years ago has settled a federal lawsuit against the state after he was roughed up by security officers when they removed him from the chambers. Now the legislature has to appropriate the $100,000 payout.
Hawaii’s Senate is considering a bill to pay $100,000 to a civil rights activist who was roughly ejected after protesting the prayer that opens Senate sessions. The Hawaii Senate Finance Committee has received a bill to settle for $100,000 claims that public safety officers assaulted a civil rights activist as he peacefully protested prayer in the Legislature.
Attorney General David Louie and Deputy Attorney General Carol Inagaki asked the House Judiciary Committee for $100,000 to settle the claims of Mitchell Kahle and Kevin Hughes.
Kahle, the founder of Hawaii Citizens for Separation of Church and State, and Hughes, a cameraman, sued the state and eight officers of the Senate, Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Public Safety, in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court.
Officers arrested Kahle after he protested the customary religious invocation that opened the last day of the 2010 legislative session at the Capitol building.
Hughes rolled film as the officers allegedly assaulted him and Kahle.
The prayers will still go on, of course.