The Hawaii County Police Commission… A Fox in the Hen House?

Anyone want to start a discussion on the possibility of finding out a better way to resolve police complaints without the public having to fight the “Fox in the Hen House”?
With the utmost respect to the current Hawaii County Police Commission, the police commission are just normal folks like us… yet, the “alleged” power they may and could hold, is really very small considering anything they eventually recommend, just falls back onto the Police Chief to make the final decision on things anyways.
After my recent experience in front of the commission… I honestly worry about many of the complaints that may be brought forward, but not looked at seriously for one reason or another.
Not much time is given to the folks that want to present their case, and in my case… it was done towards the end of a very long day.
I expect to be getting a letter some time this week with the results of the Police Commissions results in my own complaint (HPC 11-32).  One way or another… I brought my complaint forward and the results of this, will have no bearing on any pending lawsuit I may be filing soon.

2 Responses

  1. We need to adopt an independent police auditor by ordinance as I tried to do while on the Hawaii County Council in 2007-2008. This model followed similar systems in Seattle.

    Anything less won’t work.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your ohana.

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