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Criminal charges possible for HI cop in Facebook HIPAA scandal

KITV News, September 19, 2011
Prosecutors and police are trying to bring criminal charges against a Honolulu police officer who posted a hospital-bed photograph of an alleged thief on his Facebook page. The Honolulu Police Department began an internal affairs investigation after KITV 4 News notified the department of the photo Monday. An HPD patrol officer posted the photo on his Facebook page with the caption: "See when you like steal copper." The photo showed the 40-year-old suspected copper wire thief badly burned earlier this month, in a hospital bed at Straub Hospital's burn unit. His upper body is exposed with burns to his skin. Sources told KITV 4 News city prosecutors and police department internal affairs detectives from HPD's Professional Standards Office are trying to figure out if there's a crime they can charge the officer with in this case. But that's proving to be difficult.

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