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Federal charges against a Honolulu Police Officer for game room attack

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu Police Officer Vince Morre has been charged with violating the civil rights of two men in an unprovoked attack in a Honolulu game room back in September.

Morre is seen on video punching, kicking, and slapping the men. He then throws a chair at one of them, which hits the victim in the head. That man had to go to the hospital. He had a broken finger and had to have stitches in his head.

Neither man resisted and neither was arrested for any crimes.

Court documents filed Wednesday show prosecutors consider the chair, a dangerous weapon.

Officer Morre and two other officers in HPD's Crime Reduction Unit, were in the game room to find someone else. When they didn't find that person, Morre attacked the other two.

Hawaii News Now law enforcement expert Tommy Aiu says the fact that the FBI took the case proves the seriousness of it.

"The Department of Justice took focus on this particular case because it was on videotape, it showed no provocation by the victim," says Aiu, "It showed very egregious behavior."

Morre's attorney, David Hayakawa, issued this statement: "Vince Morre deeply regrets the impact his actions have caused the victims, his fellow Honolulu Police officers, and his family. The public is rightfully shocked by the video of the incident. Mr. Morre will not make any excuses for his actions. He will take full responsibility by pleading guilty as charged, without benefit of a plea agreement, at his first court appearance. While he cannot undo what has already been done, Mr. Morre hopes that this choice will enable all parties to begin the healing process."

Morre faces a maximum penalty of 10 years for each charge and a fine of up to $250,000 and he can never be a police officer again.

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