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Honolulu City Council could pay $4.7M for police race case

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu City Council members are considering whether to pay $4.7 million to settle a lawsuit that says the Honolulu Police Department engaged in racial and sexual discrimination.

The federal lawsuit was filed in 2010, alleging that the Honolulu Police Department put officers' lives in danger when they were refused back-up during nighttime traffic stops. The plaintiffs say they faced retaliation after speaking out about racial discrimination in the department.

Police say no one was disciplined for misconduct.

This lawsuit comes at a time when the Honolulu Police Department has come under scrutiny by lawmakers who are calling for more oversight.

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