The Guam Police Department will not be revealing the results of its own internal investigation into allegations that GPD officer Joey Aguon used excessive force against a handcuffed man.
In a news release, GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio said he has been debriefed on the Attorney General’s investigative findings and report exonerating Aguon.
“I am appreciative of their fair, impartial investigation and of their thoroughness and transparency, during the whole investigative process,” the GPD Chief said.
Ignacio announced that GPD will be closing its own investigation in the next few days but will not be revealing the results to the public.
“Despite the closure of the criminal investigation and the imminent closure of our administrative investigation, I stand firm in respecting the letter of the very same rules, regulations, general orders and law, from disclosing the disposition of the investigation because it is a personnel matter and therefore, GPD will not release the final disposition of its administrative investigation,” the police chief said.
Ignacio did say that although the tactics, the police officer used during the arrest are sanctioned by GPD’s Use of Force policies, the tactics themselves are taught during the police academy, which is administered under the Guam Community College’s Criminal Justice Academy.
As such, Ignacio said he would defer any specific questions concerning these tactics to the Criminal Justice Academy and any questions concerning the alleged “Color of Law” investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.