3 policemen that have been involved with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap has been charged with murder in Honolulu according to prosecutors on Tuesday.

This comes after the wake of a state grand jury last week declining to indict said officers that left the public stunned at the outcome. The controversial decision by the grand jury was praised by the police union, which released a statement that said it would “continue to trust the process” and stand by its officers.

The officers listed in the complaint were identified as:

  • Geoffrey Thom, 42, who was charged with one count of second-degree murder. He is a five-year veteran of the force.
  • Zackary Ah Nee, 26, who has been with HPD for three years. He was charged with one count of second-degree murder.
  • And Christopher Fredeluces, 40, who was also charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder. He is a 10-year veteran of the force.

The three officers face up to life in prison without parole if convicted. A man who had answered the phone at a number listed for Thom said he was not taking calls. Listed numbers for Ah Nee, and Fredeluces could not immediately be found for comment.

Legal experts say the developments in the case are unprecedented in Hawaii.

“In 30 years, I’ve never seen a prosecutor present a case to the grand jury, get rejected, and then turn around and tried to take it to preliminary hearing,” Attorney Victor Bakke said.

The interim Honolulu Police Department Chief Rade Vanic said in a statement that he was surprised by the prosecutor’s decision to seek charges after a grand jury decided not to indict.

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