HomeMulticultural-MultiracialCaptain forced to retire from Kauai PD after filing complaint

Captain forced to retire from Kauai PD after filing complaint

A Japanese American police captain on the Kauai Police Force is being forced to retire after a judge dismissed his discrimination complaint last week.

Honolulu Civil Beat reports the forced retirement is part of a settlement reached with Captain Paul Applegate that also includes a $350,000 payment to him by Kauai County. Under the settlement, Applegate is scheduled to leave the force on June 1.

As AsAmNews reported in 2021, Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck served a five-day suspension after Applegate accused him of making racist anti-Asian remarks and even squinting his eyes.

The allegations were backed up by audio recordings.

Both the police commission and Human Resources Department ruled in Applegate’s favor.

Applegate sued later that year alleging Raybuck passed him over for promotion because he is part Japanese. He alleged the chief gave a lieutenant, who is Hawaiian, the job of assistant chief before the job was posted.

Applegate met with Raybuck about the hire and said Raybuck squinted his eyes and repeatedly bowed his head during the meeting. The lawsuit also accused Raybuck of saying Japanese people “do not always tell the truth.”

While Raybuck received the suspension, the county ruled that the promotion process was fair and objective. In a prepared statement, Raybuck said he is disappointed the discrimination case is not going to trial.

“I spent tens of thousands of my own funds on outside counsel to have the facts of this case heard before a judge,” Raybuck said. “Unfortunately, the county negotiated a settlement rather than take the case to trial.”

In his own statement, Applegate declared he accepted the settlement because he wanted “to move forward.”

AsAmNews is published by the non-profit, Asian American Media Inc. Follow us on FacebookX, InstagramTikTok and YouTube. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our efforts to produce diverse content about the AAPI communities. We are supported in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library in partnership with the California Department of Social Services and the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs as part of the Stop the Hate program. To report a hate incident or hate crime and get support, go to CA vs Hate.




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Worth the Time

Must Read

Regular Features


Discover more from AsAmNews

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading