Metro Gang Strike Force history

  • Updated: July 23, 2012 - 9:44 PM

 

1997: Metro Gang Strike Force is created, joining law enforcement officers and supervisors from various agencies.

April 2009: Six Strike Force members attend a conference on gangs in Hawaii. Expenses were paid for with seized money.

May 2009: Legislative auditor's report criticizes the unit's operations, saying that it had mishandled seized cars and property and that more than $18,000 in seized funds could not be accounted for.

July 2009: Strike Force abolished amid more allegations of misconduct. Class-action suit filed.

August 2009: A second investigation finds Strike Force members took home property. Hearings lead to new laws tightening rules on police task forces.

December 2010: Court approves lawsuit settlement, awarding $3 million for victims and officer training.

April 2012: Lawyers submit 216 claims.

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