Female lawmakers demand answers from HPD over violent video

Female lawmakers are demanding answers from the Honolulu Police Dept. after video surfaced of a police sergeant punching his ex-girlfriend at a Waipahu restaurant.

The Hawaii Women’s State Legislative Caucus and the three female members of the Honolulu City Council are calling on HPD to explain its policies and procedures for handling criminal actions involving its own officers.

Many say they’re outraged that responding officers did not arrest the sergeant and that no public report was filed on the night of the incident.

The Joint Women’s Legislative Caucus and City Council members released the following statement:

“We are calling for a meeting with the Chief of Police, followed by an informational briefing with the Honolulu Police Department and Police Commission. The public has a right to know the department’s policies and procedures for response to domestic violence or any other crimes when the offender is a police officer, particularly one who serves in a supervisory role.

“HPD officials must explain to the public why the alleged assailant was not charged and arrested given evidence of probable cause, including multiple witnesses who had to come to the woman’s aide and a video surveillance depicting the appalling domestic violence assault.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that HPD officers chose not to enforce our domestic violence laws. The fact that the woman denied the incident is to be expected under the circumstances. Indeed, the responding officers’ failure to take action clearly communicated that her safety will not be protected by them. If similar situations have occurred in the past, any victim of violence would deny it out of fear of retaliation.

“This incident sends a dark message to victims of domestic violence and all residents of Oahu, that members of HPD, who are supposed to serve and protect, may turn a blind eye to domestic violence or other criminal acts committed by of one of their officers.

“The integrity of HPD has been mired and trust has been lost. We demand public accountability.”

Members of the Hawaii Women’s State Legislative Caucus are:

  • Rep. Karen Leinani Awana
  • Rep. Della Au Belatti
  • Rep. Rida Cabanilla
  • Rep. Mele Carroll
  • Rep. Lauren Cheape
  • Rep. Cindy Evans
  • Rep. Beth Fukumoto
  • Rep. Faye Hanohano
  • Rep. Sharon Har
  • Rep. Linda Ichiyama
  • Rep. Georgette “Jo” Jordan
  • Rep. Nicole Lowen
  • Rep. Sylvia Luke
  • Rep. Daynette “Dee” Morikawa
  • Rep. Cynthia Thielen
  • Sen. Roz Baker
  • Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland
  • Sen. Michelle Kidani
  • Sen. Donna Mercado Kim
  • Sen. Maile Shimabukuro
  • Sen. Malama Solomon
  • Sen. Laura Thielen
  • Sen. Jill Tokuda

Women members of the Honolulu City Council are:

  • Councilmember Ann Kobayashi
  • Councilmember Carol Fukunaga
  • Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

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