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Another Guilty Plea In Federal Police Corruption Investigation Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Another Guilty Plea In Federal Police Corruption Investigation

UPDATED: Prosecutors say Ransen Taito was a victim of Katherine Kealoha's financial crimes, but he helped her cover them up anyway.
Police Commission Loosens Rules On Legal Fees For Officers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Commission Loosens Rules On Legal Fees For Officers

For years, city attorneys have been strict when it comes to paying an officer's attorney fees in lawsuits and criminal complaints.
Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her

The Department of Land and Natural Resources ignored HPD's warnings not to hire Ethan Ferguson.
Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures

A report that was due before the 2017 legislative session is now expected sometime during the 2018 session.

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD

An attorney says the incidents that injured his clients could have been prevented if officers had been disciplined in the past.

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift

Susan Ballard says she had concerns with how the department’s Peer Support Unit was led by SHOPO chief Tenari Maafala.

Trump Nominates Honolulu Attorney Jill Otake For Federal Judgeship Tracy Wright Corvo

Trump Nominates Honolulu Attorney Jill Otake For Federal Judgeship

The announcement was praised by by Hawaii’s two Democratic senators, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Builds A New-Look Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Builds A New-Look Police Commission

His nomination of Shannon Alivado, if confirmed, would mean all seven commissioners would be his appointees.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time

UPDATED: The federal agent’s attorneys said pursuing a third trial against him for the death of Kollin Elderts is double jeopardy.

Honolulu Police Officer’s Road Rage Results In Lawsuit Against City Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Officer’s Road Rage Results In Lawsuit Against City

The complaint states the incident resulted from a pattern of the HPD not addressing excessive use of force by officers.

Did Honolulu Police Go Too Far In The Case Of This Man’s Death? Submitted

Did Honolulu Police Go Too Far In The Case Of This Man’s Death?

Sheldon Haleck died after a struggle with police in 2015. He was on meth. He refused to get out of the road. Police say they took appropriate actions.

New Kealoha Defense Tactic: Going After ‘Mainland Prosecutors’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

New Kealoha Defense Tactic: Going After ‘Mainland Prosecutors’

A federal judge pushed back the trial date until June due to the complexity of the case and sheer volume of the evidence.