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Honolulu Officers Sentenced to Prison

Officer Chu pleaded guilty to participating in a marijuana operation with his girlfriend last July. He was relieved of duty in August and now, finally sentenced. Although he could have gotten five years on the charges, the judge in the case sentenced him to four months in jail instead. Chu was originally arrested when he showed up at his girlfriend’s apartment when other officers were there serving a search warrant.

The couple came to the apartment with $12,000 in cash on them, along with plant fertilizer commonly used in indoor grows. Narcotics agents discovered plants growing in the girlfriend’s apartment and a pound of weed in Chu’s car.

A second Honolulu police officer was also sentenced to four months in prison in an unrelated incident.

Richard Raquino resigned from the HPD last year after twenty years on the force. He admitted to lying to investigators and also of revealing the identity of an undercover officer to a known drug dealer. He was also accused of teaching the drug dealer how to avoid surveillance and revealed other police techniques.

That makes two former officers sentenced to prison and blemishes the Honolulu Police Department. The situation could be much worse however. All the money available from drug dealing gives the crooks serious power to corrupt our finest. This is especially so when the crimes police are asked to overlook, or even participate in, are considered “victimless,” as drug use is sometimes thought of.

The damage to the department’s reputation lasts past the prosecution of the bad actors. On the one hand, we can say action was taken and the corrupt were removed from the force, but on the other, the public will still wonder how many more cops are dirty. Trust is very hard to regain once it’s lost.

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