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Blangiardi Has Chosen A Third Police Commission Nominee But He’s Not Revealing Who It Is Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Blangiardi Has Chosen A Third Police Commission Nominee But He’s Not Revealing Who It Is

The mayor said he’s not interested in the kind of police reform activists have been demanding.

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.

Family Of Man Killed By HPD Wants Officer To Face Criminal Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Family Of Man Killed By HPD Wants Officer To Face Criminal Charges

The decision will be up to Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm, but his office has yet to review the case even though it happened in 2019.

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. 

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.

HPD’s Use Of Lethal Force Is Near The US Average. But There’s Far More To The Story Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HPD’s Use Of Lethal Force Is Near The US Average. But There’s Far More To The Story

A comparison of HPD’s numbers to a national database show big differences, such as a higher percentage of deaths from physical restraint and the race and ethnicity of those who died.

Honolulu Police Don’t Always Turn On Their Body Cams. That Needs To Change, Commissioners Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Don’t Always Turn On Their Body Cams. That Needs To Change, Commissioners Say

Officers in dicey situations may be incentivized to keep their cameras off. There are growing calls for police to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Says It Will Step Up Its Work Screenshot

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Says It Will Step Up Its Work

The review board, which has not met in more than a year, now plans to meet monthly and review up to three cases of deadly force every month.

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases

But that’s fewer than half the number of police killings or in-custody deaths in the state since the board was created in 2017.

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