In February of 2016, Merit, lead counsel for the Plaintiffs, settled for $4.7 million a six-year lawsuit he had filed in 2010 in Federal District Court in Honolulu, Hawai’i, against the Honolulu Police Department, on behalf of three police officers (a male Black Sergeant, a male Mexican-American Patrol Officer and a female Caucasian Patrol Officer) for race and gender discrimination.

 Dowkin, et al. v. City and County of Honolulu, et al. (HPD – Doc. 796 Plaintiffs Amended Pretrial Statement)

June 30, 2022 – Honolulu Civil Beat

The Cost Of Police Misconduct Honolulu Spent Over $18 Million In Legal Settlements

By Jacob Geanous

March 18, 2016 – Hawaii Tribune Herald

Honolulu agrees to pay $4.7M to end police race bias case

March 16, 2016 – US NEW and WORLD REPORT

Honolulu City Council members agreed to pay [millions] to settle a lawsuit that says the Honolulu police officers engaged in misconduct ranging from racial discrimination to cover-ups by top police officials

By Marina Starleaf Riker, Associated Press

February 19, 2016 – HONOLULU CIVIL BEAT

HPD Race Case Could Cost Honolulu Nearly $1 Million In Legal Fees

By Nick Grube

March 14, 2016 – HONOLULU CIVIL BEAT

High Public Cost Of Race Case Bolsters Calls For Police Reform

By Anita Hofschneider

June 18, 2015 –  LEAGLE

Dowkin v City and County of Honolulu

By Marina Starleaf Riker, Associated Press

May 12, 2012 – HAWAII NEWS NOW

Attorneys allege retaliation against HPD officers who filed discrimination suit

By Ben Gutierrez