The mayor said he’s not interested in the kind of police reform activists have been demanding.
Police union officials offered a message of vindication while the city prosecutor has yet to deem the shooting of a 16-year-old justified.
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.
The city prosecutor is asking the public to be patient. But some feel body camera footage should be released right away.
Cpl. Scott Valdez has faced criminal charges, which led to hung juries, two lawsuits that led to settlements and a Honolulu Police Commission complaint.
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.
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.
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.
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.