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Taxpayers Shouldn’t Expect Louis Kealoha To Pay Them Back Anytime Soon Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Expect Louis Kealoha To Pay Them Back Anytime Soon

The Honolulu Police Commission gave the former chief a retirement payment of $250,000 after he was named as the target of a federal criminal investigation. 

Hawaii Supreme Court: Boards Must Prove Privacy Interest To Close Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Boards Must Prove Privacy Interest To Close Meetings

The court ruled in favor of the Civil Beat Law Center on a case involving the Honolulu Police Commission’s actions.

Here’s What To Expect At Closing Arguments In The Kealoha Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What To Expect At Closing Arguments In The Kealoha Case

Louis and Katherine Kealoha are on trial with three Honolulu police officers for allegedly framing a family member for the theft of their mailbox.

How To Attract Good Police Officers In The Face Of A Nationwide Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How To Attract Good Police Officers In The Face Of A Nationwide Shortage

The Honolulu Police Department is trying some innovative ideas to fill hundreds of vacancies.

Kealoha Trial Resumes: Now You Can See What The Jury’s Been Looking At Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial Resumes: Now You Can See What The Jury’s Been Looking At

The trial took a break last week. That gave the court a chance to release some of the exhibits prosecutors have presented to the jury.

Jury: No Excessive Force In Sheldon Haleck’s Death Submitted

Jury: No Excessive Force In Sheldon Haleck’s Death

UPDATED: He died hours after police officers used a Taser and pepper spray on him while responding to a disorderly conduct call.

City Council OKs Court Challenge Over Louis Kealoha Legal Fees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council OKs Court Challenge Over Louis Kealoha Legal Fees

The council wants to overturn the Police Commission’s decision to pay for the former police chief’s defense in a public corruption trial.

Kealoha Trial: Prosecutors Try To Show HPD Tampered With Key Evidence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: Prosecutors Try To Show HPD Tampered With Key Evidence

An FBI specialist testified that much of the surveillance video from outside the couple’s home on the day before the mailbox theft appeared to be recorded over.

City Council Targets Decision To Pay For Louis Kealoha’s Legal Defense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Targets Decision To Pay For Louis Kealoha’s Legal Defense

A council committee wants to file a lawsuit in an attempt to overturn a Honolulu Police Commission decision.

Can HPD’s New Training Program Reduce Domestic Violence Within Its Ranks? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can HPD’s New Training Program Reduce Domestic Violence Within Its Ranks?

After a “bad month” for officers being arrested on abuse allegations, the department talks about a new initiative. But not everyone thinks it will help.

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck? Submitted

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck?

Haleck was killed in 2015 after a scuffle with Honolulu police officers. A lawsuit filed against three officers is now going to trial.

Hawaii Ignores National Survey On Police Burden To Transport Psychiatric Patients Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ignores National Survey On Police Burden To Transport Psychiatric Patients

A new national survey finds that law enforcement agencies nationwide are spending vast amounts of money, time and resources on intervening when people have a mental health crisis.