HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More federal charges against Honolulu Police Officers stemming from a game room attack on September 5, 2014.This time against the two officers who did not stop the beating and did not report it.
A total of three officers went to the game room on Hopaka Street looking for someone. When that person wasn't there, Officer Vince Morre is shown attacking two other men on surveillance video obtained by Hawaii News Now.
But it's a second video taken from another camera that shows the other two Officers -- Nelson Tamayori and Reserve Officer Joe Becera, standing at the door. They didn't intervene and left with Morre.
"The fact is that they hold a position of trust within the community as a police officer, so they're required to uphold the law," says HNN Law Enforcement Expert, Tommy Aiu.
Both are charged for submitting a police report that "purposely omitted" the Morre assault and Becera is charged with a second count for allegedly lying to a federal agent when he said he did not see Morre strike the victim.
"Sends a strong message to our law enforcement," says State Sen. Will Espero, who is the Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee, "If they do look the other way in circumstances as this one, there will be consequences and they will be penalized."
Morre has already pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of the men and will be sentenced in federal court in August. He's expected to get several years in prison.
Sources say Tamayori and Becera agreed to plead guilty at their upcoming court hearings and that could spare them jail time.