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Lobbyist To Head Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lobbyist To Head Police Commission

Max Sword will take the helm of the embattled agency, which has been undergoing a shake-up in recent months by the influx of new blood.

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault Screen shot

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

But state law requires disclosure of detailed information about a public employee’s job qualifications.

Why Keith Kaneshiro Is Standing Behind Katherine Kealoha Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Why Keith Kaneshiro Is Standing Behind Katherine Kealoha

Honolulu’s top prosecutor has been a harsh critic of a Justice Department investigation into Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his prosecutor wife.

A Rare Gift: HPD Chief Donates $500 To Prosecutor’s Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Rare Gift: HPD Chief Donates $500 To Prosecutor’s Campaign

Records show Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has only contributed to a campaign once in the past decade.

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel

In other issues raised by charter amendments, they aren’t hot on extending term limits or dedicating a portion of property taxes to the zoo.

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

But the commission’s newest member questions whether it would use the additional authority.

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Picked For Honolulu Police Commission Flickr: Loren Javier

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Picked For Honolulu Police Commission

UPDATE: Steven Levinson will replace Ron Taketa, currently the chairman of the embattled board.

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty?

The department refuses to disclose portions of many of its policies to the public, including the one on use of force.

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Mayor Kirk Caldwell won't talk about why he's not either replaced or reappointed the carpenters union leader.
Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct?

A defense attorney wants the Hawaii Supreme Court to review whether city prosecutors have been violating federal law requiring them to reveal bad behavior.
Feds Zeroing In On Targets In Police Chief Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Zeroing In On Targets In Police Chief Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice appears to be gaining steam in its investigation of Honolulu's police chief and his wife for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
New Police Commissioner Takes on Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Police Commissioner Takes on Honolulu Police Chief

Former prosecutor Loretta Sheehan says public debate about police misconduct is necessary and healthy.

December 2016

Thursday, December 8

Lobbyist To Head Police Commission

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

November 2016

Wednesday, November 23

Why Keith Kaneshiro Is Standing Behind Katherine Kealoha

Friday, November 4

A Rare Gift: HPD Chief Donates $500 To Prosecutor’s Campaign

October 2016

Friday, October 21

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel

Thursday, October 20

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

Monday, October 17

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Picked For Honolulu Police Commission

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty?

Monday, September 26

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Wednesday, September 21

Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct?

Wednesday, September 14

Feds Zeroing In On Targets In Police Chief Probe

Wednesday, September 7

New Police Commissioner Takes on Honolulu Police Chief

Tuesday, September 6

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

August 2016

Tuesday, August 16

Attorney: Police Commission ‘Ill Equipped’ To Investigate Chief

Kealohas’ ‘Bizarre’ Legal Strategy: Filing Lawsuits And Going Public

Wednesday, August 3

Caldwell’s Inaction On Police Reform Draws Political Attacks

July 2016

Wednesday, July 13

A Peek Inside The Corruption Probe Of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Monday, July 11

Police Are Shooting And Killing More People In Hawaii This Year

June 2016

Friday, June 3

Caldwell Nominates ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ For Honolulu Police Commission

May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

Friday, May 20

Lesbians Win $80K Over HPD Arrest

The Projector: Honoring 46 Fallen Honolulu Police Officers

April 2016

Thursday, April 28

Under Investigation: Kealohas Speak Out, Suggest They’re Political Targets

Prosecutor Files Complaint Over Police Officer Actions

Wednesday, April 20

HPD Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Bribery, Prostitution

Monday, April 18

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Thursday, April 14

Cops, Coffee and Conversation: HPD Reaches Out To Citizens

Monday, April 11

‘A Bum Job:’ Trust In Honolulu’s Police Commission Crumbles

Thursday, April 7

Cops, Coffee And A PR Push For Harmony

March 2016

Friday, March 25

The Projector: Politics And Police

Wednesday, March 23

Charter Change: How Easy Should It Be To Fire A Police Chief?

Tuesday, March 22

Cop Cameras Among The Police Reform Bills Still Alive

Wednesday, March 16

Council OKs $4.7M For Police Race Case

House Kills Statewide Training Board For Law Enforcement Officers

Tuesday, March 15

Untested Rape Kits: Hawaii Isn’t The Only State Struggling With A Backlog

Monday, March 14

High Public Cost Of Race Case Bolsters Calls For Police Reform

Tuesday, March 1

Police Reform Bills Forge Ahead In Hawaii Legislature

February 2016

Monday, February 29

Old Case Sheds New Light On Police Major’s Domestic Violence Past

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

March 2011

Friday, March 18

HPD Officer Salaries: A Tale of Confusion and Contradiction