Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu said he didn’t know he hit a parked motorcycle when he backed his pickup truck out of a parking space at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, then drove away.
A few hours later on Nov. 7, after the motorcycle owner discovered the damage, reviewed security footage and called police, a police lieutenant contacted Faaumu to ask if he knew his truck had hit and damaged the motorcycle.
“I said, ‘No, I didn’t know I damaged the motorcycle or hit anything,’ “ Faaumu said Wednesday. “I said, ‘I’m sorry that that happened.’
“If I knew I did back up into the motorcycle and caused damage, I would stop. But I didn’t.”
Surveillance video of the truck hitting the motorcycle was posted early Wednesday on YouTube with the title “Maui Police Department — Chief of Police — Hit and Run.” By Wednesday evening, the video had been viewed nearly 3,000 times.
Faaumu said he had expected the video to surface after he received an anonymous letter on Monday saying a copy of the video would be sent to media. The letter also said that if he didn’t retire by the end of the year, a letter would be sent to the Maui County Council, Police Commission, mayor, State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers and media outlets calling for an investigation into Faaumu’s behavior toward employees.
He said he believes the typed letter, which was mailed and had no return address, is from an MPD employee, based on its contents. “As the chief you make decisions, you discipline people