"I lost my temper," Honolulu Police Officer Vince Morre told a federal magistrate judge Tuesday morning when asked why he attacked two men in a game room.
Morre, a 9-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of both men.
Only Hawaii News Now was able to obtain
from inside the game room that shows Officer Morre punch, kick, and slap the victims who were not resisting or confronting the officer. Morre even threw a chair that sent one victim to the hospital to get stitches. The video was a key piece of evidence in the case.
Neither man interfered when Morre and two other officers walked into the room looking for a fugitive. The plain clothes officers walked around the game room before realizing the fugitive was not there. But instead of leaving, Officer Morre attacked the others. One of the victims told me Morre was mad because they didn't open the door fast enough.
"He's not making excuses," says his attorney David Hayakawa, "Everyone sees the video, everyone is shocked by the video."
"When people see that, that trust and confidence in the department has been decreased," says HPD Chief Louis Kealoha, "But... I hope it reinforces our commitment to the public that whenever things like this happen we're going to investigate it and we're going to take swift and serious action that this won't happen again."
Morre faces 10 years in federal prison for each of the two counts. He will be sentenced in August.
He is resigning from the police department.