Nearly once a week, on average, a Honolulu police officer is disciplined for misconduct. Yet the details of that bad behavior are never publicly revealed. More than a quarter of those incidents can be classified as criminal behavior — assaults, domestic violence, fleeing the scene of an accident, even criminal convictions. Civil Beat used annual summaries of misconduct provided to the Legislature by the Honolulu Police Department to compile 20 years of disciplinary action into an interactive database. Recent years include more information about officer misconduct, including whether an incident was sent to prosecutors or a disciplinary action was challenged by the union.
2019-13: Failed to take appropriate action and failed to report the incident when an individual was forced to lick a urinal. Criminal Conduct Initiated: Conspiracy Against Rights Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law (Prosecutors not notified because FBI took over investigation.)
2017-5: As a supervisor, retaliated against a subordinate officer by speaking to the subordinate officer in an unprofessional manner.
(Pursuant to the grievance process, suspension reduced from 1 day to a written reprimand.)
2017-8: Offered to use police powers to help a female suspect in exchange for sexual favors. Failed to remain impartial. Used the departmental computer and provided confidential information to the female suspect. Devised a scheme to defraud and deprive through bribery.
Criminal Conduct Initiated: Department of the Attorney General investigation.
2017-14: Entered a van without permission and maliciously used physical force against the occupant. Used overbearing and oppressive conduct while under the color of his police authority. Failed to initiate and submit a police report to document his actions. Used his HPD-issued electric gun in an unlawful and unreasonable manner and failed to notify a supervisor.
Criminal Conduct Initiated: Unauthorized Entry Into Motor Vehicle in the First Degree
(Prosecutor not notifief because unable to locate compainant.)
2017-23: As a supervisor, made repeated unwelcomed and unwanted advances toward a female employee that were inappropriate and in violation of the department’s sexual harassment policy. Violated the confidentiality and non-retaliation agreement by initiating a conversation regarding this issue while the investigation was ongoing.