Many are being dismissed. But the court system is struggling to keep up as thousands of violators are forced to appear before a judge anyway.
The woman reported that an HPD officer assaulted her, destroyed her phone and harassed her.
Ballard says it’s “unfair, unfounded and just plain wrong” to say HPD targets people based on their ethnicity.
Female police officers have filed complaints against their male colleagues for years. But how well department officials handle the problem remains a question.
The police chief has repeatedly said the department doesn’t need broad-based reform.
The family of the man who died alleges police used excessive and unreasonable force after stopping the suspected shoplifter last year.
HPD data says Black, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities experience force at the hands of police at higher rates than white and Asian communities.
Secrecy has long masked serious incidents of misconduct and outright corruption within the ranks of the Honolulu Police Department.
The Legislature couldn’t come to an agreement on House Bill 285 in 2019 but public pressure has forced lawmakers to reconsider it again this session.