NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York State Senate has already passed a bill to let police collect DNA samples from more criminals and now all five of New York City’s district attorneys are getting behind it.
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Eleven years ago, a man with knife broke into a woman named Anne’s home.
“The very first and last room that he came across was that of my 12-year-old daughter, asleep in her bed. He proceeded to rape, cut, and terrorize my child,” Anne said on Wednesday.
He wasn’t caught raping other women, which he had done.
“The thing that finally got him put behind bars was stealing a few dollars,” said Anne.
All five city DA’s say they hate hearing stories like Anne’s and that’s why they’re supporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to let police collect DNA in not only felony cases, but also some misdemeanor cases.
“I find it difficult to understand how it is that you can tell a child that we could have identified a rapist, but we’re not allowed by law to do so,” said Queens DA Richard Brown.
Some civil rights groups think privacy and fraud issues need be looked at first.
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