Former HPD corporal pleads guilty, attorney says ‘he would have been alienated’


Another former Honolulu police officer in trouble over a game room scuffle appeared in a federal courtroom Wednesday.

Former Honolulu Police Department Cpl. Nelson Tamayori, 45, pleaded guilty to charges of “misprision of a felony,” which means he allegedly knew a crime was happening, but did not notify authorities.

This stems from surveillance video taken in September, which shows HPD Officer Vincent Morre attacking people during a raid.

“Reporting it immediately would have led to possible retaliation against Officer Tamayori by some of his fellow officers and he would have been alienated from many of his fellow officers for the rest of his career, so he was really in a rock and a hard place and unfortunately he made the wrong decision initially,” said Thomas Otake, Tamayori’s attorney.

Otake says Tamayori reported the incident to Internal Affairs three weeks after it happened, before the video was made public. “It was weighing on him. He didn’t like what he saw. It offended him. He wanted to come clean,” he said.

HPD said he was put on desk duty and, as of Tuesday, was no longer with the department.

“Today is a sad day for Mr. Tamayori and his family. He spent 15 years serving this community as a police officer and by all accounts he was a good police officer, but now he’s lost his career over this incident,” Otake said.

Tamayori is scheduled to be sentenced in October. He faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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