Honolulu Prosecutor Launches Police Shooting Oversight Process

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Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steven S. Alm has announced that two separate teams of city prosecutors and investigators will independently review the fatal police officer involved shootings of 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap and 29-year-old Lindani Myeni as part of a new oversight process in an aim to cut down investigation times and improve accountability, reports the Star Advertiser. Two teams with experience working in the state and federal criminal justice system will review the evidence turned over by the Honolulu Police Department, including body camera footage of the shootings. Prosecutors may interview or re-interview witnesses, collective evidence, and do whatever necessary to complete an independent review of HPD’s findings.

None of the evidence, including the body cam footage, will be made public by prosecutors as part of an effort not to taint a prospective jury pool and the prosecutors office will not discuss any aspect of the inquiries prior to their conclusion. Prior to the procedural change, prosecutors would review evidence collected by HPD and make a recommendation. That process usually took more than a year. Sykap was shot and killed April 5 after he allegedly drove a stolen Honda Civic at police officers on Kalakaua Avenue following a crime spree. Myeni was shot during a fight that left three officers seriously injured after they responded to a 911 call of a burglary in Nuuanu.

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