Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’

Voters in several cities enhance civilian oversight

November 12, 2016

Voters in Denver, New Orleans, Honolulu, Miami, and San Francisco approved measures strengthening civilian oversight of police last Tuesday, according to this article, while a new civilian police commission was created in Oakland. Given predictions that DOJ civil rights enforcement will be significantly scaled back under the Trump administration, the locus of police accountability seems likely to shift even more toward the local level during the next few years.

Frustration over accountability in Hawaii

June 1, 2016

This article reports the repeated failure of Hawaii’s legislature to enact any police accountability measures, such as state certification and decertification of officers and unlocking police disciplinary records. Observers point to the political influence of the state’s police union as one main reason for inaction.

Mapping mass shootings

December 3, 2015

This brief article includes an interactive U.S. map of mass shootings since 26 innocents were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School 3 years ago. Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming appear to be the only states that have avoided such an incident.