Police involved in game room incident charged with misconduct

Honolulu Police Department

More Honolulu police officers are in trouble over a game room scuffle caught on camera last year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Honolulu police Cpl. Nelson Tamayori, a 14-year veteran of the force, is charged with “misprision of a felony,” which means he knew a crime was happening but didn’t notify authorities.

Former reserve officer Joe Becera was also charged with misprision of a felony, as well as making false statements.

Honolulu Police Department deputy chief Dave Kajihiro said in a statement Thursday: “These are serious charges that underscore the importance of reporting misconduct. If you witness but fail to report another officer’s misconduct, then you’re going to be held responsible for your actions.
It’s extremely disappointing because this incident does not reflect what HPD stands for or the many good things that our officers do.”

In a surveillance video from September 2014, officer Vincent Morre is seen attacking people, even throwing a chair. Tamayori and Becera were with Morre that day.

Morre has already been charged with two counts of “depriving a person of their civil rights.” He’s in the process of resigning from HPD.

Becera left the force after the incident.

As for Tamayori, he’s still with the department, but his police powers were taken away and he’s now on desk duty, officials said.

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