Honolulu police face $9.7 million in lawsuits over decade

Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 9:02 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu taxpayers have reportedly been responsible for paying nearly $10 million to settle dozens of misconduct allegations against police officers over the last decade.

City documents obtained by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser show the city has paid or approved settlements totaling $9.7 million since 2005. The total covers about 80 lawsuits in cases ranging from negligence to civil rights violations against the Honolulu Police Department.

The city typically doesn't admit wrongdoing when settling. But Honolulu Councilman Ron Menor says the council often approves settlements after determining that settling is the least expensive option.

Nearly half the settlement costs come from a case settled earlier this year against the police department over racial and sexual discrimination allegations. The plaintiffs in the case included current and former officers who received $4.7 million.

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