HPD releases extended surveillance video of sergeant’s fight

Several weeks after a short video clip showed a Honolulu police sergeant repeatedly hitting a woman, the entire clip has been released by the Honolulu Police Department, along with the recording of the 911 call.

The incident took place Sept. 8 at Restaurant Kuni in Waipahu.

Sgt. Darren Cachola, an 18-year veteran of the department assigned to District 5 in Kalihi, was off-duty at the time.

In the video, the woman, Cachola’s ex-girlfriend, throws the first punch then slaps him several times.

The restaurant’s manager and an employee try to pull the couple apart, which turns into a heated verbal argument between Cachola and the manager. The woman is seen pulling Cachola away.

The manager then calls 911 to report the incident.

“When you move back, look at it closely, you see them squaring off, the girlfriend actually smiling, and she takes slippers off. That’s when whole thing starts,” said Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha. “It doesn’t excuse Cachola, but definitely adds something else to story. It tells a different story.”

A grand jury declined criminal charges against Cachola but an administrative investigation is still ongoing.

HPD says it’s investigating at least 10 other people for how they handled the case, including the 911 dispatcher.

The department also released surveillance video that was taken outside Restaurant Kuni approximately an hour before the incident.

The video below shows another “fight” between Cachola and his ex-girlfriend.

The following is the 911 call (transcript below):

Dispatcher: Dispatch.
Manager: Yeah, Restaurant Kuni. Please send a cop over here.
Dispatcher: What’s the address over there?
Manager: I have to. I have to. (Inaudible)
Dispatcher: Sir, what’s the address? What’s the address? What is the address?
Manager: 94-210 Leokane Street.
Dispatcher: What is the name of this place you’re at?
Manager: Restaurant Kuni.
Dispatcher: Is that a bar, what?
Manager: Restaurant Kuni.
Dispatcher: Okay, okay. Explain yourself sir. Who’s giving you problems?
Manager: One customer trying to talk to me… (inaudible)
Dispatcher: Is that a lady or a man? Is that a lady or a man? Is that a lady or a man who tried to attack you?
Manager: He’s a cop I think.
Dispatcher: What kind of weapon? What kind of weapon?
Manager: I’m sorry, I can’t hear you.
Dispatcher: What kind of a weapon?
Manager: No, no weapon.
Dispatcher: Okay, is that guy a police officer?
Manager: I think so.
Dispatcher: What is his name?
Manager: (Inaudible). Send somebody to help, please.
Dispatcher: We’ll send an officer, and a sergeant and the chief of police. What is his name? What is that police officer’s name?
Manager: I dunno.
Dispatcher: Then why you tell me he’s a police officer?
Manager: He’s one of my customers, that’s why.
Dispatcher: Alright, then. Thank you.

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