Though they’ve been studying body cameras for the last couple years, the Maui Police Department is only now equipping officers with the devices. According to Gregg Okamoto, the MPD’s public information officer, 89 patrol officers in the Lahaina, Kihei, Hana, Lanai and Molokai districts now wear body cameras. The promise of police officers wearing forward-facing cameras is … [Read more...] about U.S. Senator Brian Schatz wants to make it easier for cops to get body cameras. But will that help the public?
With the executive branch of the federal government now firmly in the hands of a greasy, deranged former game show host bloated with both astonishing narcissism and embarrassing ignorance, and Congress run by craven right-wingers who will let President Baby Donald Trump do what he wants as long as it means they can slash the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, the Department of … [Read more...] about 10 Bills You Need To Know If You Care About Hawaii
First elected in 2012, Democrat Kaniela Ing represents South Maui in the Hawaii state Legislature. He defeated incumbent Republican George Fontaine that year (a very rare feat in any Maui County election), then easily won reelection in 2014. But this year, he's facing a tough primary challenge from well-funded Democrat Deidre Tegarden (click here to see her … [Read more...] about Know your 2016 Maui County election candidate: Kaniela Ing
It's been about a year since the Maui Police Department’s last field test of body cameras, and the department is now conducting another field test of officer body cameras. It began on July 8 and will run for a month. “Beginning Friday, July 8, 2016, the Plans, Training, Research & Development Section of the Maui Police Department will conduct a one month feasibility … [Read more...] about Maui Police Department to test body worn cameras again
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?