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Records show dismissal from HPD for domestic violence is rare

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Honolulu Police Department says a police sergeant could face termination from the force for an alleged domestic violence incident. But HPD records show that such dismissals are rare.

The department put Sgt. Darrell Cachola on desk duty after a surveillance video surfaced, appearing to show Cachola beating his ex-girlfriend at a Waipahu restaurant. 

Another video surfaced, showing another apparent fight between the two. 

HPD policy says that "cases of domestic violence, including those involving officers as suspects, must be reported."

"If this person, after the investigation is found, to be doing wrong, and it looks to me as if he is, being terminated from his position, being arrested are two actions I want to see taken immediately," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

But being terminated from the Honolulu Police Department for domestic violence is rare. 

According to department reports to the State Legislature obtained by Hawaii News Now, there were 26 domestic violence incidents involving officers between 2000 and 2013. Sixteen resulted in suspects of one to five days. Other officers were suspended for ten or 20 days. But only three officers were actually terminated.

One of the officers was involved in two incidents in 2001, one in which he hit a "significant other" during an argument, and another in which he pinned a "significant other" against a parked vehicle with another vehicle. 

In another case from 2001, a dismissed officer threatened a "significant other" with his police-issued firearm.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga is one of 23 female lawmakers calling for HPD accountability.

"We'd like to work with the police department in ensuring more information for the general public as well as safety and protection for victims," she said.

If the Honolulu Police Department terminates Cachola for this incident, it would be the first domestic violence dismissal in 12 years.

Related story: New video of fight between HPD Officer & girlfriend before violent attack

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