On August 19, the Maui Police Department received information from Hawaii News Now reporter Lynn Kawano regarding potential abuse of authority within the Department.
Following up on that information the Criminal Investigations Division was able to obtain text messages and voice recordings that support the allegations made against one of its officers.
“The Maui Police Department will always take seriously any accusations of misconduct by any of its officers. Upon being made aware of this situation we aggressively investigated this matter” said Chief Tivoli Faaumu.
The offenses being investigated include Attempted Perjury, Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree and Tampering with a Witness.
The officer involved has been with the department for 4 years. Because this is an active investigation the name of the officer will not be released and we will not be able to offer anymore information. We ask that the victim in this incident contact us.
“We want to assure everyone in our community that we have your safety in mind,” said Chief Tivoli Faaumu. “If you have a complaint against an officer we encourage you to contact that officer’s supervisor or you can also contact our Internal Affairs Division. If you are uncomfortable with speaking to us you can also file a complaint with the Maui Police Commission.”