This morning at 9am officers with the Maui Police Department held a press conference on the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of a 39-year-old African American male in Keopuolani Park in Kahului who had allegedly "become confrontrational" with officers. The investigation is still on-going, and the MPD still won't identify either the suspect or the three officers involved, but department … [Read more...] about Maui Police hold press conference on Aug. 5 fatal shooting in Kahului
[NOTE: This post has been updated with additional information from the Maui Police Department. Update is below.] In response to heightened awareness around the world of police shootings in the U.S., London’s Guardian newspaper started a new website called The Counted, which provides a running tally of people killed by American cops this year for whatever reason. The site … [Read more...] about UPDATED: What happened during the June 13 Maui Police shooting?
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
Imagine a robot that can maneuver through a building, climbing stairs and opening doors. Imagine that it can record what it sees and talk to people. Now imagine that it can hold and use a firearm. If that sounds like science fiction, think again: the Maui Police Department recently took possession of a robot that can do all that. The “militarization” of our nation’s law … [Read more...] about Maui Robocops: Looking at the militarization of the Maui Police Department
[Ed. Note: The following is an excerpt of a larger, upcoming story on the militarization of the Maui PD that will appear in this Thursday's edition of MauiTime.] Imagine a robot that can maneuver through a building, climbing stairs and opening doors. Imagine that it can re cord what it sees and talk to people. Now imagine that it can hold and use a firearm. If that sounds like … [Read more...] about SNEAK PEEK: Maui Police Dept. Takes Possession Of New Tactical Robot