Kauai protesters accuse police of misconduct
HONOLULU — Body camera footage of a recent protest that broke out over a sacred Hawaiian burial site and resulted in multiple arrests shows officers acted appropriately, Kauai Police Department Chief Darryl Perry said.
Some of those who attended the April 4 protest to protect the site from desecration in Wainiha accused officers of misconduct and said the arrests were unwarranted. According to police, four men had been blocking the entrance to the private property and were arrested for trespassing.
Perry said he is confident the department’s footage of the incident shows officers handled themselves professionally.
“They (the protesters) were just, in my opinion, harassing and antagonizing the officers. Kind of egging them on to do something. They’re putting the camera in our face, but now they understand that we’re filming them too,” Perry told KHON-TV.
Kauai’s police force is the state’s only police department to have widely adopted the use of body cameras.
Maui and Big Island police have only tested the devices, while the Honolulu Police Department said it is working to launch its pilot body camera program by the end of the year.
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