Hawaii lawmakers hold domestic violence briefing

Hawaii lawmakers hold domestic violence briefing

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu police and social service providers will brief state lawmakers this week on domestic violence.

Attorneys Loretta Sheehan and Nicole Edwards Masuda from the Domestic Violence Action Center will provide an overview of domestic violence laws.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha is expected to talk about police response to domestic violence calls.

State House and Senate committees will hold a joint meeting for the briefing on Tuesday.

The meeting comes amid public criticism of the Honolulu Police Department's handling of a case involving a police sergeant accused of beating his girlfriend.

Sen. Will Espero says many lawmakers have raised concerns about the policies and procedures in place when officers respond to domestic violence calls.

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