Big Island police sergeant disciplined for misconduct

Man arrested for DUI said he was assaulted, left half-naked overnight in holding cell

Published  12:21 PM HST Mar 13, 2013

The police chief of the Hawaii Police Department on the Big Island has disciplined a Hilo sergeant for misconduct over an incident that took place in May 2012, according to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Police Chief Harry Kubojiri wrote a letter to the complainant, John Tredre, dated Feb. 20 said that the department's Administrative Review Board found that there was enough evidence to sustain a portion of the charges of misconduct against the officer.

The officer being investigated was identified as Sgt. Darryel Tolentino.

Chief Kubojiri said the officer was disciplined and the law prohibits the police department from disclosing the disciplinary action taken.

Tredre, 24, of Mountain View said he was celebrating his birthday and drinking with friends on May 30, 2012 and he was driving his friends, who were from Oahu, to their hotel on Banyan Drive when he was pulled over for driving without his headlights on.

Tredre said he called his mother to bail him out and she didn't.  He said the officers all started laughing.  Tredre said he got mad and swore at them.

While in custody, Tredre said Tolentino grabbed him by the hair, pulled him to the floor, kicked him in the side, and slapped him on the back of head.  Tredre also said Tolentino stripped him to his underwear and left him half-naked overnight in a holding cell.  Two other officers were involved with Tolentino but the investigation did not find misconduct on their part.

Tredre was arrested, charged and convicted of drunken driving.

The holding cells are equipped with surveillance cameras.

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