WNYC: The NYPD's Growing DNA Database Raises Concern

Rebecca Kavanagh commented on the quietly amassed NYPD DNA database that operates largely unchecked and with little oversight.

The NYPD's Growing DNA Database Raises Concern
by Robert Lewis
Sep 25, 2017

The NYPD is increasingly turning to DNA to help solve crimes. And it's worked: The science has helped develop investigative leads and given prosecutors ammunition in court. But as the police have gotten more aggressive about collecting genetic material, they've quietly amassed a giant database of DNA profiles without any laws and little oversight over how they can use it.

As the science advances and the size of the databases grows, civil-liberties groups, defense attorneys and advocates are ringing alarm bells. WNYC and The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom focused on guns in America, took a look at the growth of law enforcement DNA databases. Click on the audio above to hear our story, and click here to read the print article, co-published with The Daily News.

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