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Exclusive, shocking allegations against HPD Officer with TRO

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Pictures show, the black eye and bruises on her body. 

The 22-year old woman, who we are not identifying, claims this wasn't the first time she was attacked by her boyfriend, Honolulu Police Officer Danson Cappo.

A grand jury indicted the 27-year old officer last week for assault, property damage, and felony theft -- he allegedly took the woman's phone as she tried to call for help.

That attack happened last March and the woman filed for a Temporary Restraining Order.

"One of the biggest challenges when a police officer is involved, is that the community essentially has an additional impact of fear of their own police force," says Mika Haberlin of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.  Lawyers with The Legal Aid Society helped the woman with the TRO against Cappo.

Those documents, obtained by Hawaii News Now, detail the alleged history of abuse in the relationship.

The victim says it started in May of 2013. 

She writes, "Danson grabbed & held me by my face. He threatened to purposely wreck the side of the vehicle I was sitting on, so I would sustain injuries."

In September of 2013 she says, he held his HPD-issued gun to her head and threatened to kill her.  She also writes in the TRO request, "Danson straddled me while I was laying down and began to smother me with a pillow."

In November of 2013, she says he slashed two of the tires on her car outside her home.

In February of 2014, she says Cappo tried to push her out of his car.

But it was in March of 2014 that she apparently had enough. She writes that the officer grabbed, slapped and punched her. He was arrested and that's the case that resulted in the grand jury indictment.

The woman's TRO request was granted for five years. Cappo cannot carry a gun while the TRO is in effect. 

He was put on desk duty where he was been for almost a year. He has only been a police officer for two years.

Mika Haberlin says HPD has to come down hard on officers charged with domestic violence crimes to show victims that it is not tolerated and they can feel safe about calling for help.

"If I call the police, what road am I going to be put down?  And who am I going to have to interact with?" she says, "Obviously we want to assume that the greater majority of police officers are going to act professionally." 

Cappo's trial is scheduled for April.  I'm told HPD is waiting on the outcome of that trial before determining his future with the department.

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