Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’

Threatening to commit mass shootings

September 3, 2019

This article reports over 40 people arrested around the country over the last month for threatening to commit mass shootings or bombings, most after tips from the public. Common themes included right-wing ideology and threats against schools, Walmarts, and Planned Parenthood. The nature of the cases ranged from “vague social media threats from juveniles that set parents on edge to well-developed plots from people who had access to weapons and appeared to authorities to have been planning a mass murder.”

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Greed in paradise

July 1, 2019

The former police chief of Honolulu, his prosecutor wife, and two PD officers were found guilty last Thursday in federal court on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges originating from a family feud, as reported here. The former chief and prosecutor face additional charges related to bank fraud and identity theft, while further investigations into public corruption and abuse of authority continue.

Gun death rates

March 26, 2018

This column compares the 50 states on gun death rates, noting that nationally, over half are suicides while 37% are homicides. Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma have the highest gun death rates, all at least 5 times higher than Massachusetts, which has the lowest rate. Other states with the lowest rates are New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Getting oversight right

January 24, 2018

This article discusses the pros and cons of various alternatives for achieving police accountability, such as civilian review, police auditors, and special commissions. The public tends to want an independent process but the oversight systems don’t always succeed and they risk diluting the chief or sheriff’s responsibility for discipline. Chicago is cited as one place currently trying several options at once.

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.