Wednesday, November 18, 1998
Whatever happened to Russell Won, one of the police officers involved in the beating of a prisoner in Pearl City? I heard he is still with the Honolulu Police Department.
HPDs Won served
time, back on force
Won pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for the January 1995 beating of prisoner Ivan Folau and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Ezra to one year at a low-security mainland facility in 1997.
Taking into consideration Won's work record prior to the incident, then-Police Chief Michael Nakamura granted the officer leave without pay while he served his sentence.
Won was re-instated in February 1998 and is now assigned to training at the Police Academy.
Keith Flynn, another officer charged in the case, was disciplined with a suspension but remained with the department.
Flynn served a six-month sentence during his off hours, splitting time between his home and a halfway house. He is now assigned to the Traffic Division's Junior Police Officer program.
The Police Department will not retain officers convicted of a felony offense. Misdemeanor convictions, however, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, Chief Lee Donohue said.
Also in the case, former Sgt. Clyde Hayami was sentenced to four years, nine months in prison in 1996 on three counts of felony civil rights violations.
By Rod Ohira, Star-Bulletin
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