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Commission defers to FBI in chief mailbox probe

HPD Chief Louis Kealoha HPD Chief Louis Kealoha
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The chairman of the Honolulu Police Commission says it will wait to see if the FBI conducts an investigation before looking into allegations of police misconduct raised in a trial involving a mailbox stolen from Chief Louis Kealoha's home.

The trial ended in a mistrial after Kealoha testified about the criminal past of his wife's uncle, who was accused of stealing the mailbox. Prosecutors this week dropped charges against Gerard Puana.

The FBI says it has received a request to investigate how police handled the case.

Chairman Ron Taketa said Wednesday Kealoha's testimony that led to the mistrial was an "inadvertent mistake."

Puana's public defender Alexander Silvert says Kealoha's testimony was deliberate and that the Kealohas framed his client to discredit him in a family financial feud.

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