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Taxpayers To Cover Legal Expenses For Honolulu Police Officers Involved In Makaha Crash Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Taxpayers To Cover Legal Expenses For Honolulu Police Officers Involved In Makaha Crash

Commissioners made no conclusions on accusations that the officers caused and fled the scene of a car crash but said state law mandates that they deserve legal representation.

Federal Judge Denies Katherine Kealoha’s Request For Bail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Federal Judge Denies Katherine Kealoha’s Request For Bail

A hearing will be held later to determine whether Kealoha can appeal her conviction.

Maui Police Commission Finds Complaints Against New Chief ‘Not Substantiated’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Maui Police Commission Finds Complaints Against New Chief ‘Not Substantiated’

Outside investigators were hired to look into several complaints made against John Pelletier, who has hired a coach to address his management style.

Honolulu Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officers Who Killed Man At Kapolei Gas Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officers Who Killed Man At Kapolei Gas Station

After a lengthy review of the case, Prosecutor Steve Alm determined the use of deadly force was necessary.

Katherine Kealoha Accuses Feds Of Ruining Her Marriage With Cocaine Photo Allegation Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Katherine Kealoha Accuses Feds Of Ruining Her Marriage With Cocaine Photo Allegation

The former Honolulu deputy prosecutor is trying to appeal her 2019 conviction for conspiracy and obstruction of justice. 

Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Won’t Charge SWAT Officer Who Killed Kakaako Man Hawaii News Now

Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Won’t Charge SWAT Officer Who Killed Kakaako Man

The department concluded that officers last year did everything they could to de-escalate a tense barricade situation.

HNN: Former Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro Arrested Hawaii News Now/2022

HNN: Former Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro Arrested

The former Honolulu prosecuting attorney has long been a target of the FBI in connection with a yearslong investigation into police corruption.

Stop Or I’ll Shoot — Or Maybe Not. Media Training Shows Pressures Police Officers Face Hawaii News Now/2022

Stop Or I’ll Shoot — Or Maybe Not. Media Training Shows Pressures Police Officers Face

Our intrepid reporter learned a lot about what it’s like to shoot a person and be shot at in an enlightening session put on by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

New Report Reveals How The Kauai Police Chief Found Himself In Trouble For Racist Remarks Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2020

New Report Reveals How The Kauai Police Chief Found Himself In Trouble For Racist Remarks

Chief Todd Raybuck’s misguided attempt to promote a lieutenant to assistant chief led to complaints from other officers and accusations of racism.

Hawaii Police Standards Board Finally Gets Some Money From Lawmakers Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Police Standards Board Finally Gets Some Money From Lawmakers

Hawaii is the last state in the country to set up minimum qualifications for its law enforcement officers.