Lawmakers put the pressure on after videos of alleged abuse by HPD officer

Lawmakers put the pressure on after videos of alleged abuse by HPD officer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu's Mayor had strong words for the Police Department Friday, "Extremely disturbing and absolutely unacceptable," says Mayor Kirk Caldwell, "That's why I am meeting with the Chief."

Caldwell says it is obvious to him that HPD Sgt. Darren Cachola is beating his girlfriend in the video taken Monday night inside Kuni's Restaurant in Waipahu. Hawaii News Now has a second video from earlier that night showing the two fighting in the parking lot outside.

Cachola is on desk duty, and has had his gun & badge taken away, but the Mayor believes he should be arrested.

"Why, since that time, other actions have not been taken?" He said.

Caldwell met with HPD Chief Louis Kealoha after the press conference and HPD then met with the Prosecuting Attorney's office to brief them about the case.

23 female lawmakers also called for HPD action, including Honolulu City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga.

She says she wants more transparency in cases involving police officers.

Hawaii News Now has learned that another Sergeant, Mike Kahikina has also been placed on desk duty. He was the supervisor the night the videos were taken and sources say he did not make police officers at the scene do an assault report.

The woman in the video did not step up asking for action but lawmakers say that doesn't matter, they should protect victims with or without their cooperation.

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