Maui Police Department officer Brandon Saffeels was arrested on charges of perjury Monday, following information obtained by the department from Hawaii News Now showing that the officer inappropriately texted and called a woman after arresting her for drunk driving. In the messages and calls, which were verified last week by MPD, Saffeels repeatedly invites the woman to his … [Read more...] about MPD Arrests MPD Officer for Attempted Perjury
Though state Senator Gil Keith-Agaran, D–Kahului, Waihee and Wailuku, is running for reelection this year, he has no challengers. Still, he'll be on the ballot and we wanted to know his thoughts on some of what we think are the biggest state issues of the year. And he obliged. In fact, pay close attention to his answer on the question involving police misconduct (Keith-Agaran … [Read more...] about Know Your 2016 Maui County Election Candidate: Gil Keith-Agaran
Watch out, because the state Legislature is actually on track to doing the right thing in regards to making public the names of bad cops. There have been so many fruitless attempts to undo the disaster that was the 1995 state law exempting police officers from the state's Uniform Information Practices Act that I'm hesitant to write about this latest move. But given some … [Read more...] about Will the Hawaii Legislature finally allow the public to see the names of bad cops?
Yeah, we can't believe it either: Senate Bill 497 "Repeals the privacy exemption within the Uniform Information Practices Act [UIPA] for county police department officers," according to the bill text. It was introduced on Jan. 23 by small handful of state Senators, including Maui's own Roz Baker, D–South Maui. Myriad organizations have already submitted testimony in favor of … [Read more...] about Surprise! Hawaii police union opposes new bill that would make public the names of disciplined cops
So last week my email inbox at work brightened with a surprising message from the Maui Police Department. They sent me–and the rest of Maui's media–a copy of their 2014 accounting of official police misconduct. The report, addressed to the Legislative Reference Bureau, is a summary of "all incidents and violations of Department Policies and Procedures which resulted in the … [Read more...] about Maui Police Department releases 2014 accounting of police misconduct