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ACLU asks for police training to handle protesters during APEC

The American Civil Liberties Union says it wants better training for Honolulu police on how to handle protesters before next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

The ACLU issued the request Tuesday in reaction to a decision to drop charges against two University of Hawaii students who were cited after going topless during a gender discrimination protest. Jamie and Tess Meier of Maui were cited for failing to get a parks department permit for the demonstration.

Facing opposition from the ACLU, Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro filed a motion to drop the charges on Friday.

ACLU Staff Attorney Laurie Temple said the organization is still concerned about whether lawful protesters will be treated fairly.

The prosecutor’s spokesman, Dave Koga, declined to comment on the ACLU’s request for more police training.

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