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HPD investigating officer drug charges

August 19, 2009
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu Police Department has launched its own investigation into the actions of two officers who were charged with marijuana possession during a weekend softball tournament in Las Vegas.

''If these allegations are true, these individuals should not be police officers, and they should not be supported by their fellow officers or their union,'' Police Chief Boisse Correa said.

Officers Kevin Fujioka, 37, and Shayne Souza, 47, were arrested Saturday night near Desert Breeze Park, about six miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, following a brief car and foot chase, Clark County officials said. Scott Wilson, a 38-year-old social worker from Honolulu, also was arrested.

Tenari Maafala, president of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers union, said he expected the officers would be fired as part of ''the department's policy on zero tolerance.''

''Behind every badge is a human being,'' Maafala said. ''With that said, all human beings are susceptible to making a mistake. My heart goes out to these two guys and especially the families.''

Department policy prohibits drug use whether officers are on or off duty and the chief said that the two could face ''serious consequences, including loss of police powers and termination.''

''The police union has always said that it does not tolerate illegal drug use by its members. I hope that the union leadership will stand by its word in this case and do what is right for the community,'' Correa said in a statement.

All Honolulu officers are randomly drug-tested and some officers are more frequently tested, such as narcotics investigators, bomb handlers and recruits.

Fujioka is a Pearl City patrol officer who has worked at the department 13 years. Souza is a SWAT officer who has been with the department 20 years.

Park police approached the men in a white van because it was parked sideways across two spots in the parking lot. As officers approached, the van drove off.

After a short pursuit, Souza and Fujioka got out of the van and ran from police, authorities said. Welling said officers pepper-sprayed Souza when he resisted arrest.

All three men were charged with marijuana possession. Fujioka also was charged with driving under the influence of a narcotic, and Souza was charged with drug paraphernalia possession, resisting a police officer and obstruction of justice. Wilson was charged with having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

''It's an uneasy situation where no one wants to arrest a police officer. However, we have zero tolerance,'' Las Vegas Park Police Sgt. Rick Binyons said.

The arrests happened during a men's softball tournament that was part of the 2009 Nevada Police & Fire Games. The five-day event of various sports and games involves about 2,000 police and firefighters from across the country.

 
 

 

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