When officers of the Hawaii Police Department are disciplined or charged
with assault, theft, or lying, the records of these crimes are kept hidden
from the public. Hiding this information not only violates transparency
between the public and the HPD, but can also impact how the public and
their rights are being protected. The protection of these rights are challenged
in many ways, especially in situations when an individual is arrested
and charged with a crime.
Attorney Kevin O’Grady was interviewed by Hawaii News Now about the
lack of transparency and how it affects his clients. He explained how
releasing information about an officer’s disciplinary records could
help make the officer appear less credible. Obtaining records about the
officer could help an attorney who fights a chance to beat the charges.
He stated that he fights for the rights of his defendants because his
clients are entitled to the documents to ensure a fair trial.
full news article to learn more about how revealing police records in Hawaii could affect
the HPD. If you have been charged of a crime and need an experienced criminal
defense attorney, speak with Attorney Kevin O’Grady in a
free case evaluation!