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Police officers, including Honolulu Police Department officials, lobbied the Legislature earlier this month to keep lawmakers from removing an exemption for cops in the state’s prostitution laws that make it illegal to have sex with prostitutes. The police had argued they need the exemption because they need to have sex in order to prove that someone is charging money for sex. That story went viral, of course, and had cops and citizens throughout the country shaking their heads since anyone who watches “Law and Order” knows the bust is made as soon as a price is agreed upon. Cops actually don’t have sex with hookers. Lawmakers plan to vote soon. Meanwhile, political cartoonist John Pritchett comments on Hawaii’s finest getting caught with their pants down — literally — in front of the nation.

About the author: John Pritchett is a longtime award-winning political cartoonist. He has been penning artwork in Hawaii for decades, including 20 years at the Honolulu Weekly. Find more of his work on the web at

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