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Hawaii Police Union Strikes Back At Chief Ballard Over Reassignments Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Police Union Strikes Back At Chief Ballard Over Reassignments

SHOPO files a complaint alleging the Honolulu police chief made “false and disparaging remarks” about union leaders.

New HPD Report Shows Just How Hard It Is To Fire A Bad Cop Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New HPD Report Shows Just How Hard It Is To Fire A Bad Cop

Dozens of Honolulu Police Department officers are disciplined each year but a lengthy appeal process often delays final decisions.

Kim Leads Pack In Congressional Campaign Cash PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Kim Leads Pack In Congressional Campaign Cash

Attorney General Doug Chin raised less then a fifth as much as Sen. Donna Kim in the race to replace Colleen Hanabusa.

Man Who Sent Out False Missile Alert Was ‘Source Of Concern’ For A Decade Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Who Sent Out False Missile Alert Was ‘Source Of Concern’ For A Decade

UPDATED: A state investigation says the employee, who was fired Friday, had previously mistaken drills for real threats.

Botched Illegal Gambling Case Prompts Lawsuit Against Prosecutors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Botched Illegal Gambling Case Prompts Lawsuit Against Prosecutors

Tracy Yoshimura says that Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro charged him with crimes after he challenged him publicly in the press.

This Is What Hawaii’s Missile Defense System Looks Like U.S. Missile Defense Agency

This Is What Hawaii’s Missile Defense System Looks Like

The basic principle involves shooting a missile with a missile. But some want more assurance that the missiles don't miss.
Hawaii Delegation Splits Its Votes As Government Shutdown Ends Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Delegation Splits Its Votes As Government Shutdown Ends

Reopen the government or make a stand for child immigrants? Congressional Democrats reached different conclusions.
Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help

The Hawaii senator says the White House is vacillating, so the solution needs to come from the Capitol building.
Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown

UPDATED: The shutdown is having varying effects on the operations of Hawaii's national parks and the Pearl Harbor monument.
Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense

They were off-duty, out of uniform and drinking when HPD Sgt. Anson Kimura accidentally shot a bartender.
False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and emergency officials say new safeguards should prevent a repeat of the false alert.
Will The HPD Scandal Jump-Start Police Reform In The Legislature? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will The HPD Scandal Jump-Start Police Reform In The Legislature?

So far, lawmakers have failed to establish a standards and training board and lift the secrecy in police misconduct cases.