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Honolulu Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Waianae Man Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Waianae Man

The family of the man who died alleges police used excessive and unreasonable force after stopping the suspected shoplifter last year.

HPD Chief Says There’s Less Racial Bias In Hawaii. She’s Wrong Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Says There’s Less Racial Bias In Hawaii. She’s Wrong

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.

20 Years Of Honolulu Police Misconduct Summaries Document Serious Bad Behavior Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

20 Years Of Honolulu Police Misconduct Summaries Document Serious Bad Behavior

Secrecy has long masked serious incidents of misconduct and outright corruption within the ranks of the Honolulu Police Department.

Negotiations Begin On Hawaii Police Misconduct Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Negotiations Begin On Hawaii Police Misconduct Bill

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.

Man Who Died In Honolulu Police Custody Identified As 28-Year-Old Kaneohe Resident Courtesy of Noelle Pama

Man Who Died In Honolulu Police Custody Identified As 28-Year-Old Kaneohe Resident

Isaiah Pama’s wife, Noelle, says she doesn’t want her husband’s death to be used in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Honolulu Police Chief Hopes Nationwide Reform Movement Skips Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Hopes Nationwide Reform Movement Skips Hawaii

Chief Susan Ballard also told the Honolulu Police Commission that while more bias training would be helpful, Honolulu officers have a “lot less” implicit bias than on the mainland.

Man Dies In Kaneohe While In Honolulu Police Custody Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Dies In Kaneohe While In Honolulu Police Custody

A police spokeswoman said the man, who was combative and punching, became unresponsive while being restrained with handcuffs and shackles.

Shoddy Record Keeping By HPD Skews Public Picture Of Police Killings Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Shoddy Record Keeping By HPD Skews Public Picture Of Police Killings

A Civil Beat review found that Honolulu police officers killed at least 29 people in the past decade, at least 11 more cases than are listed in HPD’s use of force reports.

New York Tries To Lift The Veil On Police Misconduct — Will Hawaii Follow? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New York Tries To Lift The Veil On Police Misconduct — Will Hawaii Follow?

Both states have protected bad cops’ records from public view for decades. The death of George Floyd has renewed the calls for transparency.