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.
2018-8: Operated a personal vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant while off duty. Collided with a traffic light post and bus stop shelter. Refused to sumbit for testing for a measurable amount of alcohol as required by law.
Criminal Conduct Initiated:
Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant
Refusal to Submit to Testing for Measurable Amount of Alcohol
(Pursuant to the grievance process, arbitrator vacated the discharge and imposed a 6-month suspension.)
2017-21: Failed to obtain an appointment with and a medical evaluation from the city and county physician for clearance to return to duty. Failed to return to duty after being cleared to do so. Despite being cleared to return, remained out of work on leave.
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.