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Honolulu gives commission more power to fire police chief

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HONOLULU -

The commission overseeing the Honolulu Police Department has been given more power to fire or suspend the police chief.
    
Voters overwhelmingly passed a city charter amendment Tuesday giving the commission power to subpoena witnesses and evidence.
    
Before, the commission could only remove the chief for continuous problems after giving the chief time to correct the issues.

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The decision came after allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption within the department.
    
The Honolulu Police Department didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
    
State Sen. Will Espero who has been pushing for more police oversight says voters are demanding improvements.
    
The department came under scrutiny this year when Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha sought to promote a major who had been arrested in 1994 for domestic violence. The major later declined the promotion.

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