comscore 2 former officers get probation for failing to report assaults by policeman | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

2 former officers get probation for failing to report assaults by policeman

  • Hawaii News Now
    A screen grab of a Sept. 5 security video shows Hono­lulu police officer Vincent Morre kicking a patron of Doc’s game room at 1165 Hopaka St­.
[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

Former Honolulu police officer Nelson Tamayori and former reserve officer Joseph Becera will not have to spend any time behind bars for failing to report two assaults committed by a fellow officer in an illegal game room last year.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced each man to two years’ probation Wednesday for covering up the assaults of two game room patrons by former officer Vincent Morre. He also fined Becera $10,000.

“I don’t see a public interest here in imposing a term of incarceration,” Seabright said.

He told Tamayori and Becera that their prosecutions and felony convictions serve enough of a deterrent against future abuse by law enforcement officers.

Becera said he hopes that’s true.

“I hope my brother officers will learn from my experience,” he said.

Tamayori, 45, and Becera, 77, pleaded guilty earlier this year to concealing their knowledge of the assaults by failing to mention them in their reports of a visit to the game room with Morre in September last year to look for a forgery suspect. All three men were members of a Honolulu Police Department plainclothes unit based in Kalihi. Becera also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when agents questioned him about it.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up