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‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms Flickr: James Cridland

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms

The massive recommendations of a once-a-decade task force are moving ahead, despite concerns that some go too far.

Police Union Renews Body Cam Threat Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Police Union Renews Body Cam Threat

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers wants to sign off on the Kauai Police Department’s body camera policy before the technology is deployed.

HPD Beating Caught On Tape Screen shot

HPD Beating Caught On Tape

Honolulu prosecutors are reviewing a case in which Officer Ming Wang can be seen repeatedly striking a man with his baton during an arrest. The man was harassing an endangered monk seal.

Report: Hawaii’s Police Property Seizures Ripe For Abuse Fotolia: Mario Beauregard

Report: Hawaii’s Police Property Seizures Ripe For Abuse

Asset forfeiture is a controversial practice that has many across the U.S. calling for reform. A new report says Hawaii has some of the worst laws when it comes to protecting citizens.

VIDEO: Are These Honolulu Cops Acting Appropriately?

VIDEO: Are These Honolulu Cops Acting Appropriately?

Jon Windham was arrested for assault and resisting arrest. His attorney says it was the police who acted badly. You be the judge.

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations?

Attorney Eric Seitz joins the Pod Squad to talk about two of his cases: two lesbians recently arrested for kissing in public and a man who died after being shot with a Taser.

Honolulu Police, The FBI And The So-Called ‘Ferguson Effect’ Flickr: Mike Tigas

Honolulu Police, The FBI And The So-Called ‘Ferguson Effect’

The FBI director says crime might be going up because cops are becoming more timid under intense scrutiny of police actions. That doesn’t appear to be the case in Honolulu.

Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability

The Honolulu Charter Commission is receiving wide-ranging proposals to beef up the Police Commission and create other ways to address officer misconduct.

Arrests Of Lesbians Spur Lawsuit, Internal Affairs Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Arrests Of Lesbians Spur Lawsuit, Internal Affairs Investigation

UPDATED: The Honolulu Police Department will investigate an officer who reportedly told the women to cease a public display of affection and then arrested them.

Honolulu Police Commission ‘Knows Nothing’ About HPD Chief Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission ‘Knows Nothing’ About HPD Chief Probe

HPD Chief Louis Kealoha is in the middle of a well-publicized federal criminal investigation. But the commission isn’t convinced it’s for real.

Lawsuit: Coverup In Honolulu Police Custody Death Honolulu Police Department

Lawsuit: Coverup In Honolulu Police Custody Death

Sheldon Haleck died in March after a run-in with Honolulu police officers, yet little information has been release to his family or the public.

Ex-HPD Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Attacks Screen shot from KITV

Ex-HPD Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Attacks

Vincent Morre was caught on surveillance video beating two men inside a Honolulu game room. Two more officers who were on the scene are scheduled to be sentenced for trying to cover it up.

Who’s the Special Prosecutor Investigating the Honolulu Police Chief? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Who’s the Special Prosecutor Investigating the Honolulu Police Chief?

Michael Wheat of California, who has handled public corruption cases in the past, is leading the FBI’s criminal investigation of the chief and his prosecutor wife.

Honolulu Police Chief Sues Ethics Commission to Stop Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Sues Ethics Commission to Stop Probe

Louis Kealoha and his wife ask a judge to stop the city Ethics Commission from investigating them over the case of a missing mailbox.

HPD Ignores ‘Toothless’ Police Commission in Use of Force Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Ignores ‘Toothless’ Police Commission in Use of Force Case

Honolulu paid $167,500 to two hikers who said they were brutalized by officers, but its Police Department overruled a finding that excessive force was used.

February 2016

Tuesday, February 9

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms

December 2015

Tuesday, December 15

Police Union Renews Body Cam Threat

Friday, December 11

HPD Beating Caught On Tape

November 2015

Wednesday, November 11

Report: Hawaii’s Police Property Seizures Ripe For Abuse

Tuesday, November 10

VIDEO: Are These Honolulu Cops Acting Appropriately?

Monday, November 2

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations?

October 2015

Thursday, October 29

Honolulu Police, The FBI And The So-Called ‘Ferguson Effect’

Wednesday, October 28

Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability

Tuesday, October 27

Arrests Of Lesbians Spur Lawsuit, Internal Affairs Investigation

Wednesday, October 21

Honolulu Police Commission ‘Knows Nothing’ About HPD Chief Probe

Tuesday, October 20

Lawsuit: Coverup In Honolulu Police Custody Death

Friday, October 16

Ex-HPD Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Attacks

Thursday, October 15

Who’s the Special Prosecutor Investigating the Honolulu Police Chief?

Friday, October 9

Honolulu Police Chief Sues Ethics Commission to Stop Probe

September 2015

Thursday, September 24

HPD Ignores ‘Toothless’ Police Commission in Use of Force Case

Monday, September 14

Honolulu Police Officer Sued For Killing Mentally Ill Man

Wednesday, September 2

When Cops Become Criminals: Arrests of HPD Officers Point to a ‘Culture of Corruption’

August 2015

Tuesday, August 4

Honolulu May Spend $75K to Settle Case of Alleged Police Brutality

July 2015

Friday, July 31

Assault Charges Filed Against Honolulu Police Officer

Monday, July 20

HPD Taser Case: Did Officers Follow Protocol When Sheldon Haleck Died?

Tuesday, July 14

Autopsy: Honolulu Man Dies After ‘Violent Physical Struggle’ With Cops

Thursday, July 2

How Old Is Too Old for a Cop?

Wednesday, July 1

A Happy Ending: Release of Public Records Ends Civil Beat Lawsuit

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

WATCH: Taser Video Shows Final Minutes Before Sheldon Haleck Died in Police Custody

Monday, June 29

Pod Squad: Why Public Review of Police Action Is Important

Thursday, June 25

More HPD Officers Face Federal Charges in Beating Case

Thursday, June 18

Hawaii’s High Court Considers Whether Police Misconduct Should Be Public

Friday, June 12

Why Are the Autopsy Results for Man Tasered by Honolulu Police Still a Secret?

May 2015

Tuesday, May 19

HPD Officer Blames ‘Temper’ For Chinatown Attack

Friday, May 8

Honolulu Police Chief Under Ethics Probe Over Missing Mailbox

Friday, May 1

HPD Posts Policies, Including For Use of Force, Online

April 2015

Wednesday, April 15

Public Asked For Input on Embattled HPD

March 2015

Tuesday, March 3

HPD Officer Caught on Video Slamming Man to the Ground

February 2015

Friday, February 27

In Hawaii, Police Transparency Will Have to Wait

Tuesday, February 24

High Marks for Honolulu Police Chief Despite Controversy

Wednesday, February 11

Hawaii Lawmakers Seek Cash for Police Body Cameras

Tuesday, February 10

Police Reform Measures Gain Steam in Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, February 3

Honolulu Police Sent 22 Misconduct Cases to Prosecutors in 2014

January 2015

Friday, January 23

How Can Police Regain the Public’s Trust?

Wednesday, January 21

Hawaii Police Killed At Least 36 People in 20 Years

Tuesday, January 20

Don’t Expect a ‘Co-Chief’ Anytime Soon at HPD

Wednesday, January 14

Attorney: Honolulu Police Chief’s Stolen Mailbox ‘An FBI Matter’

Former HPD Officer Sentenced for Extortion of Hostess Bar

Honolulu Police Chief Under Fire: Can He Survive Legal and Legislative Scrutiny?

Wednesday, January 7

Senators Want Better Management of HPD, Ask For ‘Co-Chiefs’

December 2014

Friday, December 19

Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Tuesday, December 16

FBI Asked to Probe Whether Honolulu Police Mishandled Chief’s Mailbox Theft Case

Wednesday, December 10

Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable?

Friday, December 5

Did Honolulu’s Police Chief Intentionally Cause a Mistrial?

Thursday, December 4

Mistrial Declared in Honolulu Police Chief’s Missing Mailbox Case

November 2014

Tuesday, November 18

Hawaii Police Claim To Have New Leads In ‘Peter Boy’ Kema Disappearance

October 2014

Friday, October 17

Watch: HPD Releases Cachola Surveillance Videos, 911 Tape

Tuesday, October 14

HPD Looks to Break Code of Silence, Improve Abuse Training

Thursday, October 9

Prosecutor: Criticism of Handling of HPD Domestic Violence Case ‘Uninformed’

iPhone Video Shows HPD Officer Striking Man, City Pays $37,500

Wednesday, October 8

No Criminal Charges for HPD Officer Who Beat His Girlfriend

Monday, October 6

Pod Squad Examines Domestic Violence and the HPD

Thursday, October 2

Hawaii Senator Wants HPD to Use Drones for More Efficiency

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

Hawaii Lawmakers Grill Honolulu Police Chief on Domestic Violence

Monday, September 29

HPD Chief: ‘There’s No Dark Conspiracy Here’

Thursday, September 25

Missing Mailbox Exposes Family Friction for HPD Chief, Prosecutor Wife

Tuesday, September 23

HPD Chief Sends Officer-Involved DV Case to Prosecutor

Monday, September 22

Honolulu Police Chief: We’re Not As Transparent As We Should Be

Thursday, September 18

Honolulu Police Chief Vows He Won’t ‘Cave In’ To Political Pressure

Wednesday, September 17

Hawaii Women Lawmakers Slam Police Chief for Canceling Domestic Violence Meeting

Friday, September 12

Caldwell: ‘Extreme Action’ Required If HPD Officer Assaulted Girlfriend

Thursday, September 11

Will HPD Seriously Confront Domestic Violence Within Its Ranks?

Hawaii Women Leaders Demand Accountability over HPD Incident

July 2014

Thursday, July 3

HPD Pushes to Increase Number of Female Officers On the Force

June 2014

Thursday, June 5

HPD: Nearly $6 Million in Legal Settlements in 11 Years

May 2014

Wednesday, May 28

HPD Use of Force Report: A Blurred Snapshot Lacking Context

Saturday, May 17

Honolulu Prosescutor Agrees More Transparency Better In Police Shootings

Friday, May 16

Withholding Police Disciplinary Records Will Cost Honolulu $43,000

April 2014

Thursday, April 24

Hawaii Takes ‘A Big Step’ in Making Police More Accountable for Misconduct

March 2014

Thursday, March 20

Honolulu Police Want to Keep Misconduct Away From Public Scrutiny

Wednesday, March 5

Hawaii House Bill Would End Secrecy Surrounding Suspended Cops

February 2014

Tuesday, February 18

Fired Honolulu Police Officer’s File Destroyed Before Discharge Revealed

Tuesday, February 11

Hawaii Judge Orders Police Misconduct Files To Be Made Public

January 2014

Friday, January 31

Hawaii Lawmaker Wants New Statewide Agency To Monitor Police

Thursday, January 30

Fired Honolulu Cop’s File Illustrates Lack of Public Insight into Misconduct

Tuesday, January 28

Hawaii Senator Wants to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Drunk Cops

Monday, January 13

Honolulu Police Misconduct Continues But So Does the Secrecy

December 2013

Monday, December 30

Hawaii Police Union Wants Officer Misconduct Records Kept Confidential

Monday, December 23

It’s Your Money: Man Shot By Honolulu Police Gets $150K

Wednesday, December 18

How Will Hawaii Police Its Police? Lawmakers and Lawsuit Shape the Future

November 2013

Friday, November 8

Civil Beat Files Lawsuit In Effort to Free Up Police Misconduct Records

Tuesday, November 5

Gay Cop: HPD Should Disavow Hawaii Police Union Official’s Testimony

October 2013

Monday, October 7

A Tale of Two Cops: One HPD Officer Fired, Another Keeps His Badge

April 2013

Tuesday, April 9

In The Case Of This Fired Honolulu Cop, The Public Is Still In The Dark

March 2013

Tuesday, March 12

Should Suspended Cops Be Identified? Hawaii Records Office Says Yes

Friday, March 1

At HPD, Domestic Violence Is Not Uncommon But It’s Hard To Track

February 2013

Thursday, February 28

Show Us The Money: HPD Wants $2K For Three Files

Monday, February 25

Only A Few Honolulu Cops Have Lost Their Jobs

In the Name of the Law: What the Public Isn’t Being Told About Police Misconduct

July 2011

Wednesday, July 13

Few Cities Track Police Crimes, Honolulu Included

June 2011

Friday, June 24

No Crime Stats Kept on Honolulu Police Officers