FBI investigating HPD cop after alleged beating was caught on tape
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police Officer Vincent Morre is on desk duty. His police powers have been removed after an alleged beating at a Honolulu game room.
Morre, a 9-year veteran of the force, is a member of the Crime Reduction Unit, or CRU. Weeks ago, he and other members were trying to serve a warrant at a game room near Piikoi Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.
Police sources tell me Morre used a chair and his hands to beat the man, who was not the subject of the warrant. The man did go to the hospital but was not seriously injured. And he did not report it for days.
When he finally did, an Assault case was opened by HPD, but then turned over to the FBI after surveillance video was found.
Sources tell me the video is clear, and is now a key piece of evidence in the civil rights violation case. David Hayakawa, Morre's attorney, says his client was not told why his police powers have been removed.
"We have not been informed about any details on this investigation, we're standing by and waiting to determine what's next," says Hayakawa.
Officer Morre has not been arrested or charged with any crimes.
"I'm sure that if they discover there is a basis for the case to move forward they will contact us at that point," says Hayakawa.
Witnesses at the game room told me the victim was afraid to come forward and that's why he waited weeks before reporting the alleged crime.
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