Officer: Suspect yelled racial slur before assault

Shannon Ke appears in District Court Thursday for his preliminary hearing. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Judge Margaret Masunaga listens to Officer Randall Hancock recount his encounter with Shannon Ke.

Officer Randall Hancock recounts his encounter with Shannon Ke at Ke’s preliminary hearing Thursday in District Court. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

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