Lawsuit filed in opposition to San Francisco after police use DNA to arrest rape sufferer for housebreaking

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A rape sufferer whose DNA from her sexual assault case was utilized by San Francisco police to arrest her for an unrelated crime has filed a lawsuit in opposition to town.

The San Francisco Police Division used its crime lab database to tie the lady’s DNA to a housebreaking that occurred in late 2021.

Her DNA had been collected and saved within the system as a part of a 2016 home violence and sexual assault case.

“That is authorities overreach of the best order, utilizing essentially the most distinctive and private factor we’ve – our genetic code – with out our information to attempt to join us to crime,” the lady’s lawyer, Adante Pointer, mentioned in a press release.

The revelation prompted a nationwide outcry from advocates, regulation enforcement, authorized specialists and politicians.

Advocates mentioned the follow may have an effect on victims’ willingness to come back ahead to regulation enforcement authorities.

Federal regulation already prohibits the inclusion of victims’ DNA within the nationwide Mixed DNA Index System.

However there isn’t any corresponding regulation in California to ban native regulation enforcement databases from retaining victims’ profiles and looking out them years later for fully completely different functions.

Attorneys Adanté Pointer, left, and Patrick Buelna, are representing the lady in her case in opposition to town.(AP: Jeff Chiu)

California politicians final month authorised a invoice that may prohibit utilizing the DNA profiles collected by police from sexual assault survivors and different victims for any function apart from aiding in figuring out the perpetrator.

Native regulation enforcement businesses would even be prohibited from retaining after which looking out sufferer DNA to incriminate them in unrelated crimes underneath the laws, which is pending earlier than California’s governor Gavin Newsom.

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