Officer: Suspect yelled racial slur before assault

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Shannon Ke appears Thursday in Kona District Court for his preliminary hearing.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Officer Randall Hancock on Thursday in Kona District Court recounts his encounter with Shannon Ke.

KEALAKEKUA — A Hawaii Island police officer testified Thursday that a reported disorderly man called him a “haole” before assaulting him outside a popular Kailua Village restaurant last month.