DPS: Cop’s investigation files among several documents misplaced

The files in connection with the Department of Public Safety’s internal investigation into the case of Police Officer 1 Dixon Kwon, who is facing several traffic charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol, were among several files that were misplaced when the DPS Internal Affairs Investigation Division relocated to its new office last year, according to DPS information officer Jacqueline Rae Shepard yesterday.

Shepard said the files, including Kwon’s, were lost when the Internal Affairs Investigation Division moved from Capitol Hill to the DPS main office in Susupe last October.

Shepard said Kwon was cited for DUI as well as other traffic violations in July 2017.

After receiving administrative action, the public information officer said, Kwon was reassigned within DPS.

She said the Internal Affairs Investigation Division is working to gather as much information as possible regarding all missing files.

Shepard said the files regarding Kwon’s case have priority.

“Officers are hoping to provide the Attorney General with information regarding the case by the end of the week,” she said.

Charity Hodson, counsel for Kwon, disclosed that documents related to DPS internal affairs investigation into the case of Kwon are missing.

Hodson made such disclosure in Kwon’s motion to compel the government to disclose all documents within its possession or controlled that he had asked for in preparation for his trial.

Police said Kwon was driving his Nissan car on July 22, 2017, when the vehicle ran off the road on As Gonno Highway and hit a tree, causing serious injuries to his passenger, Deedra Santos.

When the officers responded to the area, Kwon was not at the scene, but Santos was there. Kwon was an off-duty DUI officer at the time of the accident.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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