Honolulu Police Commission

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A federal lawsuit against the city and Honolulu Police Department alleges an officer arrested a 15-year-old at school after the boy was in a fight with the officer’s son. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says the case illustrates how some officers abuse their positions while the disciplinary actions taken by the police department are shrouded in secrecy. 

The Honolulu Police Department headquarters
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A Honolulu Police Department committee said a neck restraint should be designated as a “deadly force” option in the department’s use-of-force policy.

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The American Civil Liberties Union Hawaii Chapter is calling on the Honolulu Police Department to address racial disparities in its policing.

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A high-profile nominee to the Honolulu Police Commission faces opposition through an email campaign organized by a group saying he has a record of anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced his nominations for two vacancies on the Honolulu Police Commission on Monday. Michael Broderick, the current president and CEO of the YMCA of Honolulu, and Doug Chin, former Hawaii attorney general, were nominated for the panel.

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Updated: 6/4/2020, 3:45 p.m.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard’s job performance exceeded expectations last year, according to her annual evaluation by the police commission.

Trashing the Islands, Kauai; Surf & Space; Changes at the Police Commission; Honolulu Zoo Accreditation; Lei Day Celebrations


Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard appeared before the Police Commission, which met for the first time since the guilty verdicts in the Kealoha mailbox trial.

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A Honolulu City Council committee voted Thursday to challenge city funding of attorney fees for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

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Honolulu City Council Member Ron Menor says he does not think the City and County should be on the hook for attorney fees accrued in the court defense of former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha. Menor wants to mount a court challenge to prevent the spending of city funds.

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Honolulu's police commission has approved hiring a lawyer to represent a retired chief in a federal case that accuses him of using police resources to frame a relative.

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The bombshell drug dealing indictments in the Katherine Kealoha case, and the petition by the state attorney general to suspend Keith Kaneshiro as City Prosecutor because of a conflict of interest are the latest developments in a public corruption case by federal prosecutors.

We invited Loretta Sheehan, the Chair of the Honolulu Police Commission to sit down with us this morning. She served as a deputy prosecutor under Charles Marsland and Keith Kaneshiro. She also served as an assistant US district attorney and now serves in private practice.


The Conversation: Friday, October 27th, 2017

Oct 27, 2017
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Proposal to Close South Hilo Sanitary Landfill; Viaduct Homeless Sweep; Economic Impact of Timeshares; Law School Admissions Criteria; Jazz Singer Jonathan Karrant

The Conversation: Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Oct 26, 2017
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Police Commission; Lessons of Hurricane Season; Slow-Growth Recovery

The Conversation: Monday, October 16th, 2017

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HPD Chief Kealoha's Retirement Package Being Negotiated

Jan 10, 2017
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Honolulu City Council Members were briefed on the status of the City’s Police Chief today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The future of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha could be determined this Friday. That’s when the Honolulu Police Commission will reconvene to make a decision on the Chief’s employment status. It was the first time the Commission had met since Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving a target letter from the FBI.