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Hilo police sergeant reprimanded for misconduct

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:08 p.m. HST, Mar 11, 2013

HILO >> A Hilo police sergeant on the Big Island has been reprimanded for misconduct.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://is.gd/UpwTmQ) reports that the incident on May 31, 2012 involved Sgt. Darryel Tolentino.

In a letter to accuser John Tredre, Police Chief Harry Kubojiri stated that a review board had found there was sufficient evidence to sustain a portion of the misconduct charges against the officer. He says Tolentino has been disciplined.

Tredre says the misconduct occurred after he was arrested for drunken driving and placed in a cell block. He says he swore at officers, and Tolentino grabbed him by the hair and pulled him to the floor and kicked him in the side. He says he was slapped, stripped to his underwear and left half-naked in a holding cell.

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false wrote:
Gee I thought that he was following protocol.
on March 11,2013 | 03:14PM
cojef wrote:
Good memory for a drunk. Never swear at a Sgt., you get kicked in the side, lucky not your head.
on March 11,2013 | 03:20PM
MizuInOz wrote:
If you or I did that , we would be tasered, shot and left for dead... seems the Sgt got off easy. Of coourse, this is now acceptable behaviour in our current state of affairs. Drunk or not, an individual is to be treated respectfully. If an officer can't handle being sworn at, most especially by a drunk, he should go be a kiddy pool supervisor or a librarian for a while, just to learn to chill. Words have never killed anyone. If the drunk had pulled a weapon then I would consider what the officer done as self defence, However, Tredre was in custody - not much of a threat. Close the cell door and walk away. Oh, by the way, my Dad was a police officer and never saw a need for this kind of behaviour. EVER!
on March 11,2013 | 04:45PM
808warriorfan wrote:
And he's still a Police Officer ????
on March 11,2013 | 08:24PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
strong union. You must have forgotten about the numberous Honolulu police officers who have been convicted of such things as drunk driving and police brutality and who still work for HPD. Remember the one who had his license suspended multiple times and THEN was arrested for drunk driving one.... more.... time.... ? SHOPO's form letter response: "He's a good guy. He just makes mistakes." Translation: We play CYA as much as we can so that our officers can break laws that the average civilian cannot... AND the civilians are labeled as criminals while the officers are just human beings.
on March 12,2013 | 07:22AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Absolutely amazing that this guy still has his job.
on March 12,2013 | 04:58AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
not amazing to me....
on March 12,2013 | 07:23AM
IAmSane wrote:
He'll get a few days suspension with pay. Enjoy your vacation, sarge!
on March 12,2013 | 08:02AM
udabest wrote:
If I punched a 20 year old at Kapolei Shopping center, I would be booked with a felony charge and $15,000 bail. Whatup!! 2 separate justice systems?? What would happen if everyone was allowed to do violent attack on someone else due to verbal attack, and get away with a slap on the hand....no criminal charges......let anarcy reign!! Let child and spouse abouse go unfettered with that mentality of acceptance? Brah, same thing, no different....NOT ACCEPTABLE...whether other person is a drunk, wife, homeless, racial or close family member...Is that how we are defined in our Hawaiian community? Not me...Yuk, yuk, next time not talk back.....have we degraded this badly?
on March 12,2013 | 08:05AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Obnoxious drunks should be beaten and kicked for being obnoxious drunks. When will they ever learn. The cop was doing his job.
on March 12,2013 | 08:22AM
Bully wrote:
A portion of the misconduct charges against the officer was upheld. Probably the kick to the side. 1 day suspension with pay.
on March 12,2013 | 08:48AM
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