HONOLULU POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Honolulu police officer plead guilty today to charges that he
beat an individual who was in custody at the Central Receiving Division of the Honolulu Police
Department, the Justice Department announced.
Last June, David Chun was indicted along with four other police officers on charges of
conspiracy, deprivation of rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with the August
5, 1995, beating of arrestee Richard Doolin. The indictment alleged that Chun and the other
officers kicked and assaulted Doolin after he was transferred to the Central Receiving Division
from the Pearl City station. It is also alleged that Chun and the other officers conspired to cover
up the beating, by among other things, filing a false report and holding a meeting to discuss the
continuing cover up. The maximum penalty for the charges is ten years imprisonment.
Chun is the second officer to plead guilty to charges stemming from the August 1995
incident. On June 3, 1999, William Duarte plead guilty to a two count information. He is
currently awaiting his sentence, which is scheduled for November 19, 1999. The four other
officers are awaiting trial.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the
cooperation of the Honolulu Police Department and is being prosecuted by the Criminal Section
of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.