Special Report { Uncovering Police Misconduct In Hawaii

Hawaii Lags Behind Other States In Misconduct Disclosure

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"German Bosque's personnel file looks more like a rap sheet than a résumé."

That's the first line of a nine-day series in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that in 2011 used law enforcement disciplinary records to document how a flawed disciplinary process allowed violent and abusive cops to keep their badges despite numerous sustained complaints.

In Florida, not only are police misconduct records publicly available they are available electronically. Reporters Anthony Cormier and Matthew Doig used their computers to analyze 22,000 cases in the state's misconduct database, then obtained personnel files on 250 current and former cops.

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