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How hard should it be to discipline California cops accused of lying?

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), shown holding his daughter Brielle as he and the rest of the state Assembly are sworn into office in December. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), shown holding his daughter Brielle as he and the rest of the state Assembly are sworn into office in December. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Backers of a bill to make it harder for police departments to discipline officers for making false statements say the current process ensnares officers who make simple mistakes.

But opponents of the legislation argue that building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve requires greater accountability. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) cleared its first committee hurdle Tuesday.

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