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September 15, 2020, the Governor of Hawaii signed Act 47, which requires police departments to disclose officer suspensions and terminations, allows for the creation of standards around the use of force, and allows for the decertification of officers.[1]

September 17, 2021, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that citizens have a compelling right of access to officers’ disciplinary files when they are suspended or fired for misconduct, noting that such records are critical to holding police accountable.[2][3]

  1. Text of Act 47, State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, 2020-09-15
  2. Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct, Civil Beat Honolulu, 2021-09-17
  3. Opinion of the Court, Hawaii State Judiciary, 2021-09-17