- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha is defending the department’s investigation into whether a sergeant assaulted his girlfriend inside a restaurant after surveillance video emerged showing an altercation.

Kealoha held a news conference Thursday in response to a group of female lawmakers raising concern about how police handle domestic violence cases. The Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus complained that Kealoha canceled a meeting with them. Kealoha says he wants to postpone the meeting to after a Sept. 30 informational domestic violence hearing at the state Capitol.

Police began an investigation after receiving the video last week showing the officer punching his girlfriend at a Waipahu restaurant. Others in the restaurant are seen going to the woman’s aid. Police are also investigating why responding officers didn’t file a report. A second video later emerged showing the girlfriend jumping on the officer and appearing to try to punch him as they both land on the ground, KITV reported.

Kealoha told reporters that he won’t crumble under pressure to make an arrest based on a video.

He said those who are criticizing the department for not making an arrest would be the same people who would sue the department for making an arrest without enough evidence.



State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said the caucus is concerned about a growing number of complaints about how the department handles domestic violence cases. The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women has recorded 30 cases of mishandled domestic violence cases, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

When the investigation is complete, Kealoha vowed he’ll share details with the press, KHON-TV reported.

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