Sunday, October 01, 2017
Two HPD Chief Nominees Sued: Cover up Manslaughter, Excessive Force
By Andrew Walden @ 8:46 PM :: 5056 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police
by Andrew Walden
A panel including loyalists of former HPD Chief Louis Kealoha on September 28, 2017 provided its recommendations for the next Honolulu Police Chief.
Available information is scant on some nominees. The candidates include:
- Officers with ties to Kealoha—and others who left when Kealoha became Chief.
- A former officer who worked for Prosecutor Kaneshiro.
- An officer accused in a civil suit of covering up a killing by a nephew of Chicago Mayor Daley. (Scroll down for links highlighted in yellow.)
- An officer accused of illegally destroying an excessive force report in Arlington, TX. (Scroll down for links highlighted in yellow.)
The panel included:
Former HPD chief Lee Donahue:
- KHON Jan 6, 2017: Former chief Lee Donohue led the Honolulu Police Department from 1998 to 2004. He says he’s not surprised that Chief Kealoha retired. But Donohue says pressure from politicians forced the police commission to put Kealoha on the hot seat and eventually retire. “Nowhere is there anything that says he did anything wrong, and we’re drumming this guy right out of office, so I just don’t think it was fair, handled fairly,” said Donohue.
- Donahue Star-Adv Jan 7, 2017: “It was really unfair”
Former United States Attorney Flo Nakakuni.
- 2009 Obama Appointee
- 2009: She thanked Hawai'i Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka "for their confidence in me" in submitting her name to the White House
Former Honolulu Managing Director Bob Fishman
Former Assistant Chief for HPD, Mark Nakagawa.
Assessment scores for finalists are:
- Tommy Aiu, former federal agent 66.682
- Kurt Kendro, retired HPD Major 60.639
- Mark Lomax, retired Pennsylvania State Police Major 57.226
- Paul Putzulu, retired HPD Acting Chief 57.150
- Susan Ballard, HPD Major 56.710
- Kevin Lima, retired HPD Assistant Chief 56.519
- Jim Lowery, Arlington Police Assistant Chief 55.730
The seven finalists include….
HPD Major Susan Ballard,
Former federal agent Tommy Aiu,
- Aiu's Cousin is Married to Chair of Police Comm
- 1988: THE CASE OF WANG ZONG XIAO V. RENO: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT
- Justia: November 14, 1994, the DEA suspended Mr. Aiu, a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator, for forty days based on three charges: (1) unauthorized use of an official government vehicle (OGV) in violation of 31 U.S.C. § 1349(b) (1994); (2) misuse of office; and (3) improper association with a confidential informant.
- Judge Alm: U.S. Attorneys had a policy of not using Thomas Aiu as a witness in any criminal cases
- 2010: Late Wife directed Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation “Gribbin-Aiu has a personal reason for heading up the effort. Her husband, Thomas K. Aiu, is a retired DEA agent, and her daughter’s father, HPD SWAT officer Bryant Bayne, was killed July 21, 1995, while on a search-and-rescue mission at Sacred Falls. His partner, Officer Tate Kahakai, also perished when the cable to the rescue basket they were riding in broke after the helicopter crashed into the mountain. Honolulu Fire Department firefighter and pilot Peter Crown, who was flying the helicopter, also died in the crash.”
- HLEF: In Memorium “She was the wife of Thomas K. Aiu, JD, a retired Special Agent with DEA, sister-in-law to HPD Lt. David Eber, and close family friend to LAPD Lt. (and Los Angeles Police Protective League Director) Brian Johnson and MSgt./DEA Task Force Officer Steve Diaz of the Sunny Isles Beach (FL) Police Department. Throughout her life, Mrs. Gribbin-Aiu was active with Hawaii’s law enforcement community. Mrs. Gribbin-Aiu was also a Survivor following the death of her daughter’s father, Bryant Bayne, a HPD SWAT Officer. She was also a close friend of HPD Officer Troy Barboza who was killed while operating in an undercover assignment.”
- NOTE: Director of HLEF is Katherine Kealoha
- Sept, 2016: Aiu asks judge for leniency on behalf of retired HPD officer involved in fatal collision
- Owner: AML Solutions, LLC
- Linkedin: Thomas Aiu
Former HPD Major Kurt Kendro,
Retired HPD Assistant Chief Kevin Lima,
One time interim HPD Chief Paul Putzulu,
Jim Lowery of the Arlington, Texas Police Department
Mark Lomax, Retired Pennsylvania State Police:
Two candidates removed from consideration by the Police Commission based on the ‘Citizens Panel’ scoring:
Retired Chicago Police officer Gary Yamashiroya,
- 1997: Admitted Hawaii Bar Assn
- 2009: Comment -- “Gary Yamashiroya is more local than some of the so call locals. He has roots in Hawaii that go back more than a hundred years. His grandparent, father, uncles, aunties, cousins all live in Hawaii. Gary always visits Hawaii and also have a license to practice law both in Chicago and Hawaii.”
- 2009: Considered, not selected, for HPD Chief
- 2014: Named in Lawsuit as Assisting in Cover-up of Killing by Nephew of Mayor Daley
- CR: Detectives changed and fabricated reports and concealed evidence
- 2014: Yamashiroya directly oversees the two crooked Chicago cops (one convicted sex assault, one acquitted drug deal) who are allegedly covering up for Daley nephew
- 2014: Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko — a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley — stood before a judge and admitted he was guilty of causing Koschman’s death.
- 2014: City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson continues to investigate police conduct in the case.
- 2016: Vanecko Case Files Remain Sealed
- Feb 2015: Considered and not Selected for Chief of Belleview, WA PD
- Aug, 2015-May, 2016: Gary Yamashiroya works for Honolulu Prosecutor Keith M. Kaneshiro (during federal investigation)
- May, 2017: Gary Yamashiroya works for Hawaii AG
Kauai's Police Chief Darryl Perry,
(A reformer dragged down by the culture of retaliation on Kauai.)