Police Union Protecting Abusive Cop
Article from Reason by Zuri Davis.
Despite another domestic abuse incident, Officer Darren Cachola might once again get to keep his job at the Honolulu Police Department (HPD).
Cachola was arrested Tuesday for felony abuse of an unspecified member in his house. Following his arrest, the Star Adviser revealed a long history of brutality both in Cachola’s professional and personal lives. He once kicked a motorcyclist and broke their ribs during a traffic stop. He was also caught on camera hitting his former girlfriend in the restaurant where she worked at the time.
The HPD has attempted to reprimand Cachola for his behavior. The department even fired him in 2015 following the on-camera fight with his girlfriend.
But a union arbitrator fought for Cachola’s reinstatement, which was granted last year. The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers filed a complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to prohibit the details of the decision from becoming public. The board then issued a temporary order against the police chief and city officials to keep the details from being released.
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