A Honolulu cop was charged with murdering a 16-year-old boy 'without provocation.' Police won't release the body camera footage.

A Honolulu cop was charged with murdering a 16-year-old boy 'without provocation.' Police won't release the body camera footage.
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  • Honolulu police officer Geoffrey H.L. Thom has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap.

  • Police have refused to release body camera footage of the shooting.

  • Thom had claimed Sykap rammed him with his vehicle, but Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter said the unreleased body camera footage didn't show that.

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A Honolulu police officer has been charged with murder and two other officers have been charged with attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy.

Honolulu prosecutors on Tuesday charged Geoffrey H.L. Thom with second-degree murder and charged Zackary K. Ah Nee and Christopher Fredeluces with second-degree attempted murder in the fatal shooting of Iremamber Sykap, according to the Associated Press. All three officers face up to life in prison without parole if convicted.

Police have refused to release any body camera footage of the incident to the public.

In court documents seen by AP, Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter said Thom fired 10 rounds into the rear window of Sykap's car "without provocation."

Police claimed that Sykap was driving a stolen Honda linked to an armed robbery, burglary, purse snatching, and car theft. They also said Sykap led officers on a chase before the shooting.

Thom had claimed Sykap rammed him with his vehicle, but Van Marter said the unreleased body camera footage didn't show that.

Interim Honolulu Police Department Chief Rade Vanic in a statement to multiple outlets called the move "highly unusual."

"We are surprised by the Prosecuting Attorney's announcement to seek charges against the officers after a grand jury comprised of citizens decided not to indict them," Vanic said in a statement reported by Hawaii News Now. "This is highly unusual, and we are not aware of a similar action having been taken in the past. While we await the court's decision, we will continue to protect and serve the community as we have always done."

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