Officers involved in fatal Big Island shootings back on duty
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities say all officers involved in the four fatal shootings of men by police on the Big Island this year are back on active duty as investigations into the deaths wrap up.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Assistant Chief Henry Tavares says investigations into the shooting deaths of Ronald Barawis Jr. and Scottie Yanagawa have been forwarded to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for review. He says probes into the deaths of Kalyp Rapoza and BJ Medeiros remain ongoing.
The names of the officers won't be disclosed unless they are charged in the shootings, which occurred in Hilo and Puna.
Starting next year, officer-involved shootings will be reviewed by an independent board administered by the state attorney general's office as part of a new law.
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