HPD personnel outraged at apparent insult left at roadside memorial for fallen officer

Published: Aug. 7, 2012 at 3:28 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 7, 2012 at 3:49 AM HST
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The late HPD officer Chad Morimoto (right of center)
The late HPD officer Chad Morimoto (right of center)
Tenari Maafala
Tenari Maafala

Honolulu Police officers are expressing outrage over an apparent insult left at a roadside memorial for fallen HPD officer Chad Morimoto.

Morimoto is the 39-year-old solo bike officer who was killed last month during a motorcade escort exercise in Mililani.

A speeding ticket issued by Morimoto just hours before his death was placed by someone at Morimoto's makeshift memorial.

Tenari Maafala, president of the state of Hawaii police officer union, says he can't imagine  that someone would stoop so low.

"The first reaction is that they were very upset and the officers want to find out who the person is who received the citation and why he or she would want to do something like this," he said.

"Those of us who are trying to be calm about the situation try to calm down these officers because unfortunately it's a human factor where people are insensitive to something like this when an office has lost his life."

The speeding ticket was issued to a woman driving along Moanalua Highway. The ticket was found the day by an HPD officer who was visiting Morimoto's memorial site.

Hawaii News Now was not able to reach the woman to get her side of the story.

Police officials say the act may not violate any laws. They're also not sure if the woman placed the ticket at the memorial herself or if someone else put it there.

However, many of Morimoto's comrades want to get to the bottom of this story.

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