Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Oahu Moves To Tier 4, Allowing Larger Gatherings Indoors And Outside Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Oahu Moves To Tier 4, Allowing Larger Gatherings Indoors And Outside

Honolulu will stop all pandemic restrictions when the vaccination rate hits 70%, the city said.

Amid Scrutiny Of HPD’s Fatal Shooting Of Teenager, Police Union Defends Officers Screenshot: Hawaii News Now livestream

Amid Scrutiny Of HPD’s Fatal Shooting Of Teenager, Police Union Defends Officers

Police union officials offered a message of vindication while the city prosecutor has yet to deem the shooting of a 16-year-old justified.

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officers In Sykap Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officers In Sykap Shooting

The prosecutor’s office could still bring charges another way if it so chooses, a public defender said.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Accusing HPD Officer Of Helping His Friend Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Files Lawsuit Accusing HPD Officer Of Helping His Friend

The ACLU has been pushing for a policy prohibiting conflicts of interest in policing. HPD’s new acting chief says the department is working on it.

Honolulu Joins A National Debate: When Should Police Bodycam Footage Be Released? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Joins A National Debate: When Should Police Bodycam Footage Be Released?

The city prosecutor is asking the public to be patient. But some feel body camera footage should be released right away. 

Blangiardi Police Commission Nominee Backs Out After Backlash To Discrimination Comments Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Blangiardi Police Commission Nominee Backs Out After Backlash To Discrimination Comments

After two failed nominations, the mayor says he is no longer seeking a former police officer for the seat.

HPD Officer At The Center Of A $1 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Has A History Of Complaints Courtesy: Hawaii News Now

HPD Officer At The Center Of A $1 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Has A History Of Complaints

Cpl. Scott Valdez has faced criminal charges, which led to hung juries, two lawsuits that led to settlements and a Honolulu Police Commission complaint.

Honolulu Budget: City Council Approves ‘Pathway Out Of The Pandemic’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Budget: City Council Approves ‘Pathway Out Of The Pandemic’

The budget includes funding for affordable housing, homeless services and agriculture grants, among other things.