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Last updated Jan. 20, 2020
No knock warrants
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants.
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law ending its participation in programs that facilitate the transfer of military weapons from the federal government to police departments. The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency in 2014 confirmed that Hawaii does participate in the 1033 program, despite a statement from Hawaii's Department of Public Safety.
Military style training
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage.
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.
Civil asset forfeiture
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law ending civil asset forfeiture. Gov. David Ige (D) announced his intention to veto a bill that would have banned civil asset forfeiture in 2019.
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests. The Honolulu Police Department asserts quotas do not exist in Hawai'i due to the receipt of federal funding. However, a 2001 memo within the department indicated guidelines for ticketing that resembled a quota system.
Cost of misconduct
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct.
Hawai'i has decriminalized minor marijuana possession. Other minor offenses remain criminalized and enforced.
Objective justification for stops
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).
Reporting stop details
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law requiring comprehensive reporting of police stops (noting location, race, gender, whether force was used and whether a firearm was found). Locally, Honolulu Police release an annual report regarding police use of force. Analysis of 2019 data shows an 11% increase in officer use-of-force incidents and racial disparities in who force was used against.
Reckless civil rights violation
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.
Legislation in 2017 established a Law Enforcement Independent Review Board to review cases of police use of force. However, since its inception, it has only completed a review of one case in its three year history.
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity.
Mental health response
Hawai'i has not yet enacted a law creating and funding a mental health task force available to respond to crisis calls (in lieu of police). Locally, the Honolulu Police Department started a police and social worker ride-along program (H.E.L.P Honolulu) to help the homeless and to improve communication between the police and social workers.
Education, Housing, Community Health Resources
It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.
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