Other cities are considering moving police department funds to social services. Some Honolulu police commissioners say the city should follow suit.
Judge Dean Ochiai ruled that officers’ names should be released to the Legislature and the public even if discipline is still being appealed.
More cities are adopting a model for de-escalation that has the potential to benefit people with mental illness, allow police to focus on serious crime and save taxpayer dollars.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s appointment could determine how aggressively the commission oversees the Honolulu Police Department.
HPD officials say Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have higher arrest rates and the use of force is not out of line.
A former Big Island firefighter who admitted to having an affair with Katherine Kealoha received a much more lenient sentence.
This year, police agencies are required to include the names of officers who have been suspended as well as discharged once their disciplinary actions are final.
HPD has refused to hand over information that is routinely shared in other cities.
The Intelligence Enforcement Unit was at the center of the Kealoha conspiracy as well as a more recent surveillance operation that targeted a political appointee.