KHNL obtains video of police using taser on armed man

Lee Donohue
Lee Donohue

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu Police Department beefed up its arsenal Friday, receiving a donation of new taser guns.

Earlier this year, HPD began using tasers equipped with video cameras so it could monitor their use.

A man wielding a large knife screams, as officers shoot him with a taser gun.

"Drop it!" the officers yell.

KHNL News 8 obtained the Honolulu Police Department video, which was taken with a tiny camera mounted on the electric weapon.

"We've been able to utilize the videotapes that come off this into our internal investigations," Chief Boisse Correa, Honolulu Police Department, said. "Every time we use this particular instrument, it goes up to internal investigations."

In this case, officers incapacitate and subdue the man who was threatening to harm himself.

Police say they deployed tasers 61 times last year and 33 times so far this year.

"Everything from attempted suicide cases to aggressive individuals to actually animals that are aggressive and attacking our officers," Correa said.

On Friday, HPD received a gift of 24 new tasers, with video cameras installed, from a non-profit organization headed by retired police chief Lee Donohue.

"As a former chief, I understand the restrictions that you have because of budget," Donohue, Honolulu Police Community Foundation president, said. "And now, the times are even getting tougher."

The department says the top-of-the-line units, which cost $1,500 each, join the 500 electric guns already in its arsenal.

"It enhances the safety of our officers on the street," Donohue said.

In addition to donating police equipment, the Honolulu Police Community Foundation also provides academic scholarships to Hawaii's youth.