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Can One Attorney Sue The Chief And Defend Him At The Same Time? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can One Attorney Sue The Chief And Defend Him At The Same Time?

Myles Breiner has filed numerous lawsuits attacking the credibility of HPD, the chief and his prosecutor wife. Now he’s representing the couple.

Will Police Reform Finally Gain Traction In The 2017 Legislature? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Police Reform Finally Gain Traction In The 2017 Legislature?

Numerous measures have been floated in the past, but Hawaii lawmakers have been reluctant to improve oversight and accountability of the state’s police departments.

Acting HPD Chief Concerned About $250K Payment To Kealoha Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Acting HPD Chief Concerned About $250K Payment To Kealoha

Cary Okimoto tells his employees he opposes the use of HPD funds in a deal to get embattled Chief Louis Kealoha to retire.

Police Commission Clarifies HPD Chief’s $250K Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commission Clarifies HPD Chief’s $250K Deal

Louis Kealoha will have to pay back his settlement if he’s found guilty of a felony within six years. Documents released last week said it was seven years.

Why One Police Commissioner Wanted To Fire The Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why One Police Commissioner Wanted To Fire The Chief

Commissioner Loretta Sheehan was outvoted by the other commissioners but presented them with a detailed plan for moving to fire the chief.

Honolulu Police Chief Gets $250,000 In Retirement Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Gets $250,000 In Retirement Deal

Agreement calls for Louis Kealoha to pay back the money if he is convicted of a felony.

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

Will Espero urges the commission to wait until a federal investigation is finished before making a deal for Chief Louis Kealoha’s departure.

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It

The chairman of the commission says it alone will finalize a secret deal likely to include a buyout for retiring Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

FBI Serves Search Warrant At Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

FBI Serves Search Warrant At Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro has been combative over allegations that one of his top deputies is involved in corruption and conspiracy.

City Council Members ‘Leery’ Of HPD Chief’s Retirement Deal Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

City Council Members ‘Leery’ Of HPD Chief’s Retirement Deal

Police Commission Chairman Max Sword refuses to answer questions from council members who want to know if they get final say on any payout.

HPD Chief Could Get A Lucrative Cash Payout Along With Pension Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Could Get A Lucrative Cash Payout Along With Pension

The fact that the Honolulu Police Commission is negotiating a deal in secret is raising concerns.

Is HPD Chief’s Departure Just The Beginning Of An ‘Ugly’ Mess? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is HPD Chief’s Departure Just The Beginning Of An ‘Ugly’ Mess?

Chief Louis Kealoha’s retirement package is being worked out and approved in secret before it’s known whether he committed serious wrongdoing.