May 11, 2022

NY Appellate Court: Law Enforcement Agencies Can’t Use DNA Database for Familial Searches

Here is an interesting recent twist to use of public DNA databases by New York law enforcement agencies: such a policy will put some people under greater scrutiny by law enforcement simply because they are related to a person who has been convicted of a crime.

Dave Pollock, a staff attorney for the DNA Unit at the Legal Aid Society of New York, which represented the plaintiffs, said familial searches unfairly target people of color.

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