Kauai police chief has been suspended unpaid to mock Asians

Lihue, Hawaii (AP) — A police committee on the Big Island of Kauai has suspended police chiefs unpaid for five days for making discriminatory comments after an investigation revealed that they had ridiculed Asians. ..

Kauai police said in a statement Friday that Prime Minister Todd Rayback would be suspended from April 26-30 for violating county policy. He also needs to complete equal employment opportunity non-discrimination training and cultural sensitivity training.

Police said the Kauay Human Resources investigation concluded that there was no evidence to support the allegation that Layback did not promote employees based on their ancestors, race, or country of origin.

In a statement, Layback said he respects and appreciates the diversity of the workplace and the community.

“I accept responsibility for my comments and use this experience to broaden my cultural awareness and deepen my knowledge and understanding of different cultures,” he said.

The police statement did not provide details of the layback breach and only occurred on November 13, 2019 and July 29, 2020.

Garden Island Newspaper Report last month An investigation by the Kawai Police Commission relayed a story about Layback meeting someone of Asian descent at a restaurant on November 13, 2019, where he found that he parodyed his speech and Mannerism. It was.

According to a letter from Commission Chairman Catherine Adams, Layback “used facial gestures and accents to comment on employee haircuts as something in a kung fu movie.”

The complaint filed against the chief said he laughed and found his demonstration interesting.

In the July 29, 2020 case, Layback was submitted as evidence of a complaint and explained why Japanese employees were not selected for promotion, according to recordings obtained by the Lihue newspaper.

“So if someone in Japanese culture thinks your thoughts are absolutely stupid and the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard, what is their typical reaction to you?” According to the newspaper. Said Layback. “‘Yes Yes Yes.'”

The complaint filed against Layback claimed that he squinted and bowed when making comments.