HPD Chief, women lawmakers meet to discuss domestic violence

HPD Chief, women lawmakers meet to discuss domestic violence

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More transparency, better reporting system, holding officers accountable, those were the topics discussed at a meeting Tuesday between Honolulu's Police Chief and members of the Women's Legislative Caucus.

The meeting was called after video was released of an HPD Sergeant fighting with his girlfriend in a Waipahu restaurant on September 8.

Sgt. Darren Cachola was not arrested that night. Cachola and another officer, Sgt. Mike Kahikina are both on desk duty. Kahikina is accused of violating policies because he didn't order responding officers to do a written report on the assault.

Only Hawaii News Now reported that Cachola was also given a ride home in a squad car, by another officer. Many have called that special treatment. The internal investigations into both sergeants continue while the criminal case against Cachola is now in the office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

"If there is any involvement, whether it's law enforcement or anyone else, we need to make sure that they are treated equally in terms of the law," says State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland.

The state and city lawmakers also wanted Chief Kealoha to change HPD's reporting system. Currently, domestic violence cases are classified as assaults and lawmakers say that doesn't help them gauge the problem. Kealoha says he is going to start working on that immediately and will consult with other police chiefs to come up with a consistent format.

Kealoha also agreed that the department needs to be more transparent. He said it was the only way to regain the public's trust. He wasn't specific on how the department would do that but said more information needs to be released to the public.

Both sides said the meeting was productive and they will continue to meet every few months to get updates.

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