SHOPO v. City & County of Honolulu

On February 22, 2018, Civil Beat requested the arbitration decision concerning Darren Cachola.  In September 2014, video surfaced that showed Cachola repeatedly beating a woman.  After the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) sought to terminate Cachola, the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) filed a grievance, and an arbitrator ordered him reinstated in February 2018.  After HPD stated that it would release the arbitrator’s decision to the public, SHOPO filed a complaint to stop the City’s disclosure.  Because SHOPO did not name Civil Beat as a party to the lawsuit, Civil Beat moved to intervene on May 30, 2018, to protect the public right to disclosure of the government information that it requested.  The case is assigned to Judge Jeffrey P. Crabtree.  Civil No. 18-1-823-05 JPC.  Judge Crabtree has ordered submission of the files for in camera review.