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Police chief signs letter calling gun control vote a 'disgrace'

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:10 p.m. HST, Apr 24, 2013

Police Chief Louis Kealoha took to the podium with Mayor Peter Carlisle, who reported Thursday that the city spent less than was budgeted for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in November. The surplus will offset higher electrical and fuel costs.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha joined other police chiefs in signing a letter condemning the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass new gun control laws.

The letter, titled “Disgrace in the U.S. Senate,” came from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and read, "We looked to the U.S. Senate for courage and leadership on gun violence, to enact reforms that are long overdue. With 94 % of the public asking for better gun laws, we expected the Senate to do what cops do - protect the public. But a minority of Senators protected themselves instead of the American people. That's a disgrace."

The letter continued, "Like all the cops who put on a uniform each day, Chiefs of Police will not give up on Washington. We will continue our struggle for laws that protect the public from gun violence." The statement represents the unanimous opinion of the association's members, who oversee police agencies in nearly 70 of the largest cities in the U.S. and Canada.






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