Special Report

The Police Files

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

Protection For A Price: Waikiki Businesses Pay Extra For Police Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Protection For A Price: Waikiki Businesses Pay Extra For Police

The Waikiki business association has paid Honolulu police at least $2 million in the past 15 years for additional services. Critics say that’s not fair to other areas.

Big Island Police Killings Often Involve Troubled Victims And Guns — And The Number Has Spiked Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

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

Compared to Honolulu, people who died in police shootings were often armed with guns themselves. Many also suffered from mental illness and substance abuse.

How An Arbitrator’s Decision Can Cause Problems For Police Agencies Years Later Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

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

Officers’ prior misconduct is often used against them — and ultimately the taxpayers — in civil lawsuits that arise from unrelated incidents that happen many years later.

Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

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

The decision upholds the release of public records in a Civil Beat lawsuit that sought the arbitration file of Sgt. Darren Cachola.

How The Hawaii Supreme Court Has Shaped Policing In The State Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How The Hawaii Supreme Court Has Shaped Policing In The State

Recent rulings have built on decades of precedent in Hawaii that protects individuals from unreasonable government intrusions.

Cockfights And Corruption: How Police Arbitration Kept This Cop On The Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

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

In Hawaii, arbitrators look to previous decisions in order to be fair, no matter how serious the misconduct or whether it’s even similar.

The Brady List: Why Police Are Supposed To Tell Prosecutors About Dishonest Cops Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

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

The U.S. Supreme Court says the accused has a right to know about officers who have credibility issues. But Honolulu defense attorneys say they’re often left in the dark.

Other States Have Tough Police Standards Boards. Hawaii’s Is Still Struggling Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

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

Almost every other state has professional staff and funding dedicated to overseeing law enforcement. Hawaii has neither.

Proposals Seek Stronger Oversight Of Police On Maui Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Proposals Seek Stronger Oversight Of Police On Maui

The Maui Charter Commission and the Maui Police Commission are both looking at ways to provide better accountability for police on the island.