Judge denies request to dismiss officer's assault charges

Judge denies request to dismiss officer's assault charges

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a police officer charged with assaulting his 72-year-old neighbor in Kailua-Kona to have his case thrown out.

West Hawaii Today reports that Officer Jamie Harper's attorney had sought to have the charges dismissed. He filed a motion to disqualify the prosecutor's office from the case, citing personal and professional ties between Harper and members of the office. But a judge denied the motion Thursday.

The 39-year-old Hawaii Police Department officer was arrested in January following a confrontation with the man at their apartment complex. Harper had reportedly gone up to the victim's apartment and started a fight with him.

The victim suffered a broken nose and needed stitches for a cut above his eye.

Harper was hospitalized for an undisclosed medical condition.

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