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APD changes lineup procedures

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APD is changing its lineup procedures to reduce witness error.

You've seen it a million times on movies and TV shows.

A victim of a crime will stand behind a glass window, look at a group of possible suspects and pick one.

Well after years of research, it turns out that does more harm than good.

In a media conference Monday morning, Austin Police Chief Art Acevado saying as of this week, they've started sequential line-ups instead of the old way called "simultaneous" lineups.

Acevado says the department participated in a study back in 2009 and he says the results are pretty clear.

Sequential lineups help reduce the possibility of misidentification.

"To us, that is more important than actually catching the bad guy. Making sure we don't wrongfully convict somebody is just a little bit above actually catching the criminal," Acevado said.

In addition to this new plan of action, Acevado says they will continue to do what's called 'double blind administration.' That's where even the detective showing the photos won't know who the real suspect is.

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