Hawaii Police Union Wants Officer Misconduct Records Kept Confidential
Hawaii’s politically powerful police union wants to intervene in a public records lawsuit in order to protect the identities of 12 Honolulu officers who were suspended for 20 days or more after committing serious acts of misconduct.
The union’s attorneys argue in court papers filed last week that they should be allowed to take part in the case because they have the best interests of the officers at heart, and that any release of personal information could have long-standing effects on the rest of the labor group’s membership.
The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) represents about 2,000 police officers in all four counties, the majority of whom are on Oahu.
Civil Beat filed a lawsuit in November asking a judge to force the Honolulu Police Department to release the names and disciplinary files of a dozen officers who had been suspended for egregious misconduct between 2003 and 2012.