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Open police misconduct records


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 21, 2014

~~<p>Few government employees wield more direct power over Hawaii's citizens than the police. Armed with guns, high-tech surveillance tools and great authority to enforce the law, these officers fulfill a vital role in our society, and, generally, follow the rules themselves.</p>
<p>Sometimes, however, officers fall short of the high standards their jobs rightfully require, sometimes so egregiously that they are suspended for serious wrongdoing. Yet, in these cases, the public finds out very little &mdash; reflecting a gross lack of government accountability and transparency that the state Legislature is finally in a position to correct.</p>
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Few government employees wield more direct power over Hawaii's citizens than the police. Armed with guns, high-tech surveillance tools and great authority to enforce the law, these officers fulfill a vital role in our society, and, generally, follow the rules themselves.

Sometimes, however, officers fall short of the high standards their jobs rightfully require, sometimes so egregiously that they are suspended for serious wrongdoing. Yet, in these cases, the public finds out very little — reflecting a gross lack of government accountability and transparency that the state Legislature is finally in a position to correct. Login for more...



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