Honolulu police sergeant charged in domestic abuse case
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Honolulu police sergeant charged in domestic abuse case

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    Honolulu police Sgt. Darren Cachola

A 46-year-old Honolulu police officer has been charged with misdemeanor abuse of a family or household member and two counts of harassment today.

Police arrested Sgt. Darren K. Cachola at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of abuse.

His bail is set at $1,500.

Cachola has 23 years of service with the police department and is assigned to District 3 (Pearl City).

In 2014, the police sergeant was stripped of his gun and badge after surveillance video showed Cachola in a brawl with his former girlfriend in a Waipahu restaurant.

Cachola was fired but subsequently won his job back.

The annual report filed by Honolulu police this year said the department fired the officer involved in that case, but an arbitrator reversed that decision. In the end, the incident resulted in a six-month suspension, and the case was referred to prosecutors.

Cachola was named in a 2006 lawsuit after he allegedly kicked and broke a rib of a motorcyclist during a traffic stop.

“His police powers will be removed and criminal and administrative investigations have been initiated,” said police spokeswoman Michelle Yu in an emailed statement.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said, “Domestic violence continues to be a priority for HPD.”

”Every allegation is thoroughly investigated, and the appropriate action is taken. We expect our officers to be positive examples for the community, both on and off duty, and are disappointed with the allegations regarding this officer’s conduct.”

State lawmakers are again considering a bill to require police departments to disclose the names of officers suspended or fired for misconduct.

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