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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Police are routinely building up private DNA databases

The five teenage boys were sitting in a parked car in a gated community in Melbourne, Florida, when a police officer pulled up behind them.

Officer Justin Valutsky closed one of the rear doors, which had been ajar, and told them to stay in the car. He peered into the drivers’ side window of the white Hyundai SUV and asked what the teens were doing there. It was a Saturday night in March 2015 and they told Valutsky they were visiting a friend for a sleepover.

Valutsky told them there had been a string of car break-ins recently in the area. Then, after questioning them some more, he made an unexpected demand: He asked which one of them wanted to give him a DNA sample.

After a long pause, Adam, a slight 15-year-old with curly hair and braces, said, “Okay, I guess I’ll do it.” Valutsky showed Adam how to rub a long cotton swab around the inside of his cheek, then gave him a consent form to sign and took his thumbprint. He sealed Adam’s swab in an envelope. Then he let the boys go.

Telling the story later, Adam would say of the officer’s request, “I thought it meant we had to.”

Over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities not only in Florida, but in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good that this is happening.We have proven over and over again that we cannot be trusted,hence the largest prison population on Earth.This might cause people to think twice before committing a crime.An original fingerprint card contains touch DNA anyway.Ponder that for a moment.Everyone who has ever been fingerprinted has also given a dna sample,but unless a person is a suspect in a serious crime that won't be accessed because of the cost of processing touch dna.Most police departments are unaware that they already have a sample even if a subject refuses to submit to a swab.

lmclain said...

Tell them they can swab the DNA from the cut above their eye, or the gaping wound in their chest.
Taking pictures of everyone who appears in public and storing those multiple pictures in a database FOREVER isn't good enough for the Gestapo. Recording every phone call we make isn't good enough either. Placing microphones in public places so the Gestapo can listen to conversations that citizens BELIEVE are private isn't good enough, either. Being able to access electronic devices and being able to turn them on to watch and listen to people in the privacy of their home (the citizen never even knows his TV is on and watching him!) isn't good enough. Being able to secretly (read that again) arrest, charge, convict, and imprison Americans isn't good enough either. Robbing citizens at gunpoint without repercussion isn't good enough.
Roaming through neighborhoods with X-Ray equipment to look into everyone's home isn't good enough. Diverting cell phone calls to a Gestapo intercept isn't good enough.

Let's get everyone's DNA, too!!!

Keep cheering. Your subjugation.

Anonymous said...

another clueless tool ^

Anonymous said...

Im Clain
You have been right for a long long time.
I for one, am not cheering.

lmclain said...

10:48 ....get off your knees and tell me ONE THING I said that wasn't true. ONE THING.
Wipe your mouth off, too.
ANOTHER "anonymous" sissy.

lmclain said...

I'm still waiting for your refutation, 10:48.