Calm while under attack

LIHUE — When Kauai Police Department officer Richard Graham responded to a reports of a public disturbance incident in Princeville, the officer was able to arrest the couple causing the scene all while being simultaneously assaulted.

It’s why he was chosen to be the department’s Officer of the Month for July. Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry and the police Commission presented him with an award during the commission meeting in July, which takes place at the Lihue Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building.

The Patrol Services Bureau honored Officer Richard Graham for his handling of this public disturbance incident.

About 9 p.m. May 27, Graham responded to the bus stop fronting Princeville Shopping Center, where he located a male and female exiting the Kauai Bus.

He observed the couple yelling as the female appeared to be in an argument with another passenger on the bus. It was clear that they male and female subjects were both intoxicated.

After instructing the bus driver to leave the scene, Graham attempted to approach the couple when they became belligerent and the male subject attempted to push the officer.

Graham then attempted to place the man under arrest, when the female then attacked the officer by punching him repeatedly in his head and sides.

At that point, Graham was able to detain the female but while he placed the female into his vehicle, the male subject then began to punch the back of the officer’s head.

Graham was eventually able to detain both the male and female suspects and take them into custody.

Graham was commended for using his training to safely gain control of the suspects and for maintaining his composure while being physically assaulted, which resulted in a successful arrest.


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