What to do next? That's what the leaders of the state's police labor union are trying to figure out in the wake of the indictments of two high-ranking officers of the Honolulu Police Department. Union representatives from all four county police departments met in Honolulu Tuesday.
SHOPO's board of directors met for more than two hours. And although they wouldn't release any information about their meeting it is believed most of the discussion revolved around the indictments of Assistant Chief Rafael Fajardo and Major Jeffrey Owens. And whether to ask for the resignation of Honolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue.
All ten of the union's statewide board of directors met with SHOPO President Dennis Kunitake at about eleven o'clock for a closed-door executive session. Some two hours later the board emerged, apparently getting some things done, but with little to say to reporters.
"We had a lot of discussion. But the gist of it was in executive session. So, I'm not able to comment on it. But, like I said, we'll have a statement at a later date and we'll be happy to share that with you," said Kunitake.
And there's a lot for the leaders of the police union to discuss. Two of the Honolulu Police Department's top officers, Assistant Chief Rafael Fajardo and Major Jeffrey Owens, find themselves in legal hot water after being indicted on a single charge of second degree theft. The two men are accused of taking money earmarked for prisoner meals and spending it on expensive meals for fellow police officers, including Police Chief Lee Donohue.
In the wake of the indictments the police union's Oahu Chairman Alex Garcia planned on asking his SHOPO brethren to ask for the Donohue's resignation.
"I cannot make a statement regarding that. I'm sorry. So, maybe at a later date," said Kunitake.
Nor would Alex Garcia, who left SHOPO headquarters without comment.
Kunitake told reporters that the union's board of directors will meet again to continue its discussions. Exactly when remains unclear.