Special Report { Uncovering Police Misconduct In Hawaii

In The End, Hawaii Legislature Shelves Police Misconduct Bill

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

The Hawaii Legislature adjourned Thursday without taking further action on a bill that would have tweaked the law requiring police agencies to file annual summaries listing disciplinary actions taken against their officers.

Senate Bill 839, introduced by Sen. Les Ihara, did little to change the current system that is the only way the public can track misconduct by police officers. But media representatives and others had urged legislative leaders to use the bill as a vehicle for substantially boosting the amount of information made available to the public.

Instead, the measure passed the Senate with little fanfare but stalled in the House when Rep. Henry Aquino deferred it in part because he said he wanted more information from the politically powerful statewide police union.

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