DNA Dragnet: In some Cities, Police go from Stop-and-Frisk to Stop-and-Spit
"...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.
While the largest cities typically operate public labs and feed DNA
samples into the FBI’s national database, cities like Melbourne have
assembled databases of their own, often in partnership with private labs
that offer such fast, cheap testing that police can afford to amass DNA
even to investigate minor crimes, from burglary to vandalism.
And to compile samples for comparison, some jurisdictions also have
quietly begun asking people to turn over DNA voluntarily during traffic
stops, or even during what amount to chance encounters with police. In
Melbourne, riding a bike at night without two functioning lights can
lead to DNA swab — even if the rider is a minor."
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