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Attorney: Grand jury looking into possible police corruption


    Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha


    Criminal defense lawyer Alexander Silvert talks to the media outside the Halekauwila entrance to the Federal Courthouse.

This story has been corrected. See below.

A grand jury is looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption by the Honolulu Police Department that emerged from a theft case involving the police chief’s mailbox.

Federal public defender Alexander Silvert confirmed the review today. He represented Gerard Puana, a relative of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his city prosecutor wife who was accused of stealing the mailbox in 2013.

While defending Puana, Silvert says he and his investigators uncovered allegations that police falsified reports and used a special unit to monitor Puana illegally. They took those accusations to the FBI.

The U.S. attorney’s office and FBI won’t confirm or deny the investigation or that a grand jury has convened. A police spokeswoman is checking if the department will comment.

Puana’s case ended in a mistrial in 2014 when the chief gave improper testimony.


Louis Kealoha is currently the chief of the Honolulu Police Department. An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect photo caption.

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  • You’re going down Kealoha, why not just resign already and disappear into retirement with your crooked wife. Save us all the drama and do the right thing for HPD and the city and county of Honolulu.

    • Welcome to Honolulu, a third world country with Bribery laced politicians and City Officials and of course a corrupt police department
      and the chief of police as well. The Mayor of the Big Island and soon the mayor of Honolulu will face the courts for justice. Billy like
      Kirk will be history lessons for the children of Hawaii.

  • The fix was in for a long time. Anybody don’t know that must be an idiot. 4 judges on the Big Island and not a one of them can be fair and impartial? Are you kidding me? They sound like the prison guards at OCCC on Super Bowl Sunday.

  • There is definitely corruption when a Police Officer loses his job because of a frivolous TRO. From the lieing complainants, and the judge who they look like sisters, Judge Linda Luke, don’t let her last name fool you, she is a Tokyo from Fukushima and so are the complainants. There is no honor, only disgrace to their culture, heritage, and race. And I will make sure all of America knows of this, that racism exists in Hawaii, not by the whites and the blacks, but the ones who bombed us, the ones we nuked at Hiroshima, and the ones that are nuking us from Fukushima!! This is racism!! This is war! And America will know of the Political, Economic, and Real Estate take-over by these foreign immigrant and their descendants, these racists. If you ain’t like them, you don’t marry their kind, you don’t send your kids to Honwanji to learn their foreign language, or you don’t elect to study their language so vividly in all the public schools here, and you don’t send your kid to learn Karate, you ain’t like them, and they will turn on you, because you as a culture ain’t known to have honor, integrity, loyal, as a culture, they are known as such, but FUKUSHIMA, the real test, now clearly demonstrates the dishonor, the disgrace, the lies, the fraud, conspiracy, malice, and the failure of their culture and their heritage. We may have won the war, but we are losing the battle. The very ones prohibited from engaging in war with weapons of mass destruction, yet they conquer our Hawaii in other ways. #Kaaihue4Congress #Kaaihue4Mayor #TakeBackHawaii #TrumpTrain

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