This week, stop and search records maintenance by police is back in the news. NY Governor David Paterson struck down a search and record procedure used by the NYPD wherein anyone stopped for any reason, would have their info (including DNA if warranted) entered into a crime fighting database shared by multiple local, state and federal agencies.
It seems we’d just written about a similar process just a few months ago:
from The Beacon Bulletin, September, 2009:
We’ve been monitoring the development of a relatively new investigation tool in law enforcement and litigation closely; that of prosecutors, the FBI and other investigative/authorized agencies using the DNA samplings of relatives to locate potential criminals/defendants.
In the majority of familial DNA usage cases, the jurisdictional agency will run a suspect’s genetic material through the FBI’s 6 million+ DNA samples database. States are scrambling to legislate procedure for this investigative tool. The ABA cites California as having already set up familial DNA usage protocol.
In unusual cases, (see: NPR reports of matching familial DNA in capturing the BTK (Bind, Torture and Kill) murderer) normal, routine medical samples (in the BTK killer case, his daughter’s pap smear test) are being subpoenaed for testing within the FBI’s DNA database.
Furthering compounding the issue are potential situations of identical DNA, such as has occurred in the German case involving identical twins, ultimately released without being charged, as it could not be determined which brother had perpetrated a massive jewelry heist.
Strap in tight. It’s going to be a bumpy road, folks.
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