Mike Butay’s family are demanding justice for his death!!. Mike was false-fully detained and was abused wrongfully, while the event occurred he told the officers that he could not breathe and while he did that no one tried to render aid immediately, Before they even did anything it was already to late.
Witnesses said he cried out “I can’t breathe!” His wife said that the doctors said he went without air for over 20 minutes.
Mike Butay was arrested by 3 HPD officers on July 30th of last year in Nanakuli and a week later he passed away. When his wife showed up at the scene of the arrest he was unresponsive.
She said there were witnesses that said he was getting kicked. Also that he cried out “I can’t breathe!”. A peaceful protest was held on Saturday 13 June 2020 to bring more public awareness of this incident, and hopefully to have HPD give an account and release any body cam footage.
An HPD spokesperson said the incident happened July 30th in Nanakuli just before midnight. An officer observed a 40-year-old man with multiple warrants in an illegal game room.
The officer approached the man, allegedly asked him to leave, but he took off so the officer chased him. According to HPD, during the struggle after the officer caught the man, the officer discharged pepper spray.
Two other officers arrived and the man was processed for resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.
Also according to HPD, the man was treated on-scene for pepper spray exposure by Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. Allegedly, he later became unresponsive and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Speaking to KITV, Mike’s wife Chelsey Butay said she has idea what really happened to her husband.
“I ask myself everyday why? Why did they do that to him? Why?” said Chelsey Butay.
She said her husband has some bruising and is hooked up to oxygen tanks at Pali Momi Medical Center in Pearlridge.
“It’s not looking so great,” she said.