HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are investigating whether an off-duty officer assaulted his former girlfriend outside a restaurant after surveillance video surfaced showing an altercation.
Chief Louis Kealoha did not name the 18-year department veteran at a news conference Wednesday, but said he is a patrol sergeant assigned to Kalihi. The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty while the investigation continues. No charges have been filed.
Police started the investigation Tuesday after receiving the video. The black-and-white footage from outside Restaurant Kuni and Lounge in Waipahu shows the woman appearing to throw a punch at the man, who in turn seems to punch her repeatedly and then takes her to the ground. Others at the restaurant went to the woman's aid.
Kealoha said police have interviewed the woman, KHON-TV reported.
"Looking at the video, the knee-jerk reaction for myself was this guy needs to be arrested and brought to justice as a police officer. But when you step back and you compose yourself and you think what needs to be done, then you have to look at certain things, such as the law and the evidence that needs to be collected," Kealoha said. "We need to know exactly what happened."
Police also are investigating whether police officers who responded to the scene acted properly. Those officers did not file a report.
The incident took place when the restaurant was already closed for the night, Hawaii News Now reported.
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