More accusations against embattled HPD officer Darren Cachola. This time, his wife’s attorney is also accusing the police department of going back to its old ways.
Attorney Eric Seitz says he’s asking the federal government to oversee HPD because he doesn’t believe the department is able to police itself.
Sgt. Darren Cachola made headlines five years ago after a video surfaced of him and his girlfriend apparently fighting at a bar. HPD fired him but was forced to hire him back after arbitration.
This April, he was charged with abusing and harassing his wife. Her attorney has also filed a civil lawsuit against him and the police department accusing Cachola of choking her and HPD officers of covering it up.
Seitz plans to add to that lawsuit accusing Cachola of harassing his wife on two occasions this month and sending police officers to do it.
“The Honolulu Police Department continues to assist and aid and abet Mr. Cachola in his efforts to torment and harass his wife,” said Seitz.
Seitzs says his lawsuit will ask the federal government to step in.
“To have the police department direction handed over to a receiver because we do not believe that the police department can police themselves,” he said.
Seitz adds that in light of the corruption conviction against former HPD chief Louis Kealoha, he had expected improvements under Chief Susan Ballard.
“Unfortunately the current police chief has taken no steps whatsoever to remedy the corruption and the abuses which existed when she came there and they are continuing,” said Seitz.
As for the recent incidents Darren Cachola’s attorney says the officers had every right to talk to the wife because she wasn’t complying with Cachola’s right to visit their two children.
“They’re not interfering with her or harassing her or anything with regard to this matter they just want to know and why isn’t she complying with the court order,” said attorney Bill Harrison.
Cachola remains with the department but his police powers have been removed. A spokeswoman for HPD released a statement saying, “When responding to child custody disputes, officers rely on court documents and the information provided by reliable parties. They do their best to remain neutral in emotionally-charged situations.”