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EXCLUSIVE: HPD officers involved in game room beating, no longer getting paychecks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's a rare and bold move by the Honolulu Police Department. Three officers who went into the game room near Ala Moana when the attack happened, are no longer getting paychecks from the city.

Police sources say Officer Vincent Morre and Officer Nelson Tamayori are now on unpaid leave. Long-time and well-decorated Reserve Officer Joe Becera has been forced to resign.

Officer Morre is seen on surveillance video from the game room kicking a man then throwing a chair at him.

The video also shows the other two standing and watching.

"It doesn't happen often," says Tenari Maafala, President of SHOPO the police union, "If they feel, within their purview and their rights that evidence of the complaint or allegations are legitimate or sufficient to effect such an action, disciplinary action of leave without pay then that's well within their perview."

The FBI is investigating the case for possible civil rights violations.

"If the FBI steps in to do the investigation it's normally because the act or offense is egregious," says Tommy Aiu, a retired federal agent.

The man being attacked went to the hospital. He needed staples in his head and had a broken bone in his hand. His attorney, Myles Breiner, applauds the Honolulu Police Department for taking away the police powers of all the officers.

"Anyone that was involved in that incident that did nothing to report it, until someone put it in their face, they don't deserve to have a gun and a badge," says Breiner.

The three officers were members of the Crime Reduction Unit, or CRU.  They were trying to execute an arrest warrant but didn't find the subject of the warrant inside the game room.  It's unclear why that man became the target of the officer.

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