Schumer Wants To Expand Arrestee DNA Collection

UTICA, NY (AP) – Sen. Charles Schumer says he’s introducing legislation to expand the circumstances for law enforcement agencies to take DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes.

The goal is to expand the DNA database to help solve open cases and reduce the rate of false convictions.

In New York, DNA samples can be taken from convicted felons. Those samples are put in a national database and checked against DNA taken from crime scenes of outstanding cases.

The legislation Schumer promoted Thursday in Utica would allow DNA to be taken from people arrested for felonies.

The New York Civil Liberties Union opposes the collection of DNA samples from people who have not yet been convicted. Civil liberties groups say that would mean DNA from innocent people could end up in a criminal databank.

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  • CSI

    Bad idea. Then if you so much as spit, scratch your head and leave any type of DNA someplace where a crime was committed you will automatically get harnessed.

  • The Good Samaritan

    I like to give Chuck Schumersome of my DNA :-)

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  • Nick

    Typical fascist libturds. They just love to put citizens into a “database”. They’ll just arrest for staring at them and release you after they had used that excuse to enter you into their database.

    Schumer also wants to “preemptively” “help” people. He doesn’t want to wait until you commit a crime. He’ll “help” you first by sending you to a hospital/education camp.

    I wonder if he secretly prays to Hitler and Stalin in his inner sanctum.

    • Michael H.

      Godwin! So nice to see you!

      “fascist libturds” “hospital/education camp”, “prays to Hitler and Stalin”

      Time to turn off Beck and learn how to provide intelligent commentary instead of inflammatory catch phrases and ad hominem attacks.

  • Michael H.

    Whatever happened until “Innocent until proven guilty”? How about the 4th Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure? Why should my DNA be collected based on a hypothetical false accusation? Since when does arrest=conviction?

    Chuck, it’s time to pull your head from your rear and realize that you work FOR THE PEOPLE and not the other way around.

  • chits moosai

    i think every person as they are born should dna should be submitted

  • Captain Obvious

    I think the NY ACLU is 100% correct. DNA collection is fine, but only AFTER conviction. Otherwise, police will be picking up loads of people just to get their DNA in the database. The taking of DNA is as intrusive as it gets!

    Chuck Schumer … wow, how did NY get so lucky to have him (sarcasm …)

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