Head of police union accuses new chief of defamation

Head of police union accuses new chief of defamation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The police union has filed a legal complaint with the state Labor Board claiming its leaders are being mistreated by the new police chief.

The complaint says SHOPO's President, Sgt. Tenari Maafala, and three other elected union leaders, were involuntarily transferred to less attractive posts directed by HPD Chief Susan Ballard.

The union accused Ballard of defaming Maafala by falsely stating in a news report that he had abused overtime in his role with a Peer Support Unit.

Maafala says he asked her to retract the statement but she refused.

The complaint demands that HPD reverse its decisions, publicly apologize and pay all costs of the complaint.

HPD has yet to respond to the complaint.

This story will be updated.

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