Special Report

The Police Files

December 2021

Wednesday, December 1

The Power Of SHOPO: Here’s How The Police Union Contract Drives Public Policy

November 2021

Monday, November 29

Convicted Cop In Kealoha Case Gets His Job Back In Arbitration

Tuesday, November 23

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic

Monday, November 15

Police Arbitration Decisions Are Raising Concerns Throughout The Country

Sunday, November 14

This Deputy Sheriff Was Twice Accused Of Sex Assault And Fired. Then He Got His Job Back

Wednesday, November 10

In Hawaii, Punishment For Bad Cops Often Doesn’t Stick. Here’s Why

October 2021

Sunday, October 31

HPD’s Loose Pursuit Policy Leads To Crashes In A Third Of Chases

Tuesday, October 26

Hawaii May Not Set Minimum Qualifications For Police Until 2024

Monday, October 25

New Video Allegedly Shows Honolulu Police Leaving Scene Of Makaha Crash

Thursday, October 14

HPD Reviewing New Bodycam Policy After Judge’s Ruling

September 2021

Monday, September 27

Protection For A Price: Waikiki Businesses Pay Extra For Police

Thursday, September 23

Big Island Police Killings Often Involve Troubled Victims And Guns — And The Number Has Spiked

Monday, September 20

How An Arbitrator’s Decision Can Cause Problems For Police Agencies Years Later

Friday, September 17

Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct

Thursday, September 2

How The Hawaii Supreme Court Has Shaped Policing In The State

August 2021

Wednesday, August 25

Cockfights And Corruption: How Police Arbitration Kept This Cop On The Job

Monday, August 23

The Brady List: Why Police Are Supposed To Tell Prosecutors About Dishonest Cops

July 2021

Thursday, July 15

Other States Have Tough Police Standards Boards. Hawaii’s Is Still Struggling

Friday, July 2

Proposals Seek Stronger Oversight Of Police On Maui

June 2021

Friday, June 11

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

Thursday, June 10

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

Wednesday, June 9

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

Monday, June 7

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

Thursday, June 3

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

Tuesday, June 1

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

May 2021

Monday, May 24

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

Tuesday, May 11

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Says It Will Step Up Its Work

Monday, May 10

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases

April 2021

Thursday, April 29

Honolulu Prosecutor Promises Independent Investigations Into Police Shootings

Wednesday, April 28

Honolulu Prosecutors Have Long Been Stymied When Investigating Police Killings. That’s About To Change

The Power Of SHOPO: Here’s How The Police Union Contract Drives Public Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Power Of SHOPO: Here’s How The Police Union Contract Drives Public Policy

The statewide police union plays an outsized role in everything from police shootings to investigating officer misconduct. But the public is kept in the dark about important issues being negotiated in the contract.

Convicted Cop In Kealoha Case Gets His Job Back In Arbitration Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Convicted Cop In Kealoha Case Gets His Job Back In Arbitration

Daniel Sellers was indicted along with the former HPD police chief and his prosecutor wife in 2017. After taking a plea deal, he was fired by the department.

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic

More than 500 complaints were made against HPD employees last year, leading to recommendations for dozens of firings and suspensions.

 

Police Arbitration Decisions Are Raising Concerns Throughout The Country Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Police Arbitration Decisions Are Raising Concerns Throughout The Country

Hawaii has one of the highest rates of fired officers getting their jobs back through arbitration but other communities are facing the same issue.

This Deputy Sheriff Was Twice Accused Of Sex Assault And Fired. Then He Got His Job Back Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

This Deputy Sheriff Was Twice Accused Of Sex Assault And Fired. Then He Got His Job Back

The deputy has already put the state on the hook for more than $7 million in damages, a case that revealed shortcomings in the jail’s practices for handling women prisoners.

In Hawaii, Punishment For Bad Cops Often Doesn’t Stick. Here’s Why Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

In Hawaii, Punishment For Bad Cops Often Doesn’t Stick. Here’s Why

A Civil Beat investigation found that arbitrators in Hawaii overturn a police chief’s decision to suspend or fire an officer nearly 65% of the time.

HPD’s Loose Pursuit Policy Leads To Crashes In A Third Of Chases Hawaii News Now

HPD’s Loose Pursuit Policy Leads To Crashes In A Third Of Chases

Honolulu leaves it up to officers when to start a chase. That’s unusual, a Civil Beat review shows, and many HPD pursuits would not be allowed in other jurisdictions.

Hawaii May Not Set Minimum Qualifications For Police Until 2024 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii May Not Set Minimum Qualifications For Police Until 2024

The board is asking state lawmakers for more resources while researching standards already in place in other states.

New Video Allegedly Shows Honolulu Police Leaving Scene Of Makaha Crash Courtesy: Michael Stern

New Video Allegedly Shows Honolulu Police Leaving Scene Of Makaha Crash

The attorney who provided the video says it shows three police vehicles pursuing a Honda at a high rate of speed on Farrington Highway.