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State conservation police chief under fire for comments about Muslims

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The new head of the state’s conservation police force is facing scrutiny after telling lawmakers that his division's officers need more guns because they deal with Muslims.

"I would say that 70 percent of the commercial fishermen on these boats are from the Philippines and Indonesia, which are highly populated Muslim populations,” said Chief Thomas Friel, of the state's Division of Conversation and Resources Enforcement, at a recent legislative meeting.

"Most federal agencies within the state are looking at them through magnifying glass.”

Friel is lobbying for 30 additional semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

In response to criticism of his comments, DLNR said in a statement it does not condone racial profiling and the chief regrets any possible interpretation otherwise.

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