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By SAM EIFLING Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - Lying to police who are investigating a crime would become at least a misdemeanor under a bill Hawaii lawmakers are advancing.
Honolulu police officers told a House committee Thursday they support the measure because witnesses who mislead police can hamper investigations. Captain Jason Kawabata said any potential delay in solving a crime is unfair to victims.
Lieutenant Alexander Garcia said he doesn't want innocent people to be locked up because a witness gives him false information. Garcia says he tells witnesses that it is better to say nothing than to tell him a lie.
The bill would make unsworn false testimony to police the same level of offense as the crime police are investigating, but no less than a misdemeanor.
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