Four Hawaii police officers are under fire for allegations that they forced a man suspected of trespassing to touch a urinal with his mouth.
According to the Associated Press, one Honolulu officer reported the behavior of the others, prompting an internal investigation.
“If true, these allegations violate the core values the HPD stands for,” said Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard in response to the claims.
She said she was “appalled” by the alleged behavior, promising “appropriate action will be taken.”
According to Ballard, federal investigators are involved in the case and the accused officers are working on restricted duty pending a result.
Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu’s mayor, defended the decision to involve the FBI.
“Although these officers are presumed innocent, we need an independent agency to investigate exactly what occurred and whether these officers engaged in civil rights abuses,” he said.
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