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senate Bill S. 2348

Do Police Officers Need to Have Rapid DNA Tests at Their Disposal?

Argument in favor

Rapid DNA tests can be used to quickly check evidence against nationwide crime databases while a suspect is still in custody. That will allow law enforcement to make better informed decisions about holding or releasing the suspect and ensure that criminals don’t go free.

Evan's Opinion
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04/27/2016
We need this bill to finally get the thousands of rape kits tested.
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Mark's Opinion
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04/27/2016
As long as tests are strictly done under FBI guidelines, it's worth doing to get through the backlog of rape kits alone
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David's Opinion
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04/29/2016
Yes, allowing officers to administer the taking of the sample, providing they have been trained. No they should not execute the test to obtain results. Only highly trained professionals are capable (even CSI shows that).
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Argument opposed

DNA tests should be administered by trained professionals at crime labs, not by police officers at a booking station, as there’s too much at stake for an error to be made. Aside from that, Rapid DNA tests could reveal other personal health information and undermine privacy.

Curran's Opinion
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04/27/2016
Rapid meaning "on the spot" then there's no purpose for a warrant. The 4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
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Sid's Opinion
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04/27/2016
No, this sounds good but you should have to have a warrant to do a DNA test and obviously in a situation where you need a DNA test at the scene of the crime a warrant wouldn't be possible.
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Matthew's Opinion
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04/27/2016
Dna can be stored safely for the required time to get the sample to the lab, and get a warrant. DNA tests like these have the very large potential to invade people's privacy and disclose things they might not want to share.
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    We need this bill to finally get the thousands of rape kits tested.
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    Rapid meaning "on the spot" then there's no purpose for a warrant. The 4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
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    No, this sounds good but you should have to have a warrant to do a DNA test and obviously in a situation where you need a DNA test at the scene of the crime a warrant wouldn't be possible.
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    As long as tests are strictly done under FBI guidelines, it's worth doing to get through the backlog of rape kits alone
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    Dna can be stored safely for the required time to get the sample to the lab, and get a warrant. DNA tests like these have the very large potential to invade people's privacy and disclose things they might not want to share.
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    This is an invasion of privacy. Also, police officers are not trained in DNA testing. Only someone trained in DNA testing, such as a medical examiner, should be doing this.
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    Speed usually means more opportunities for error! Even as a white middle class woman, this looks like yet another way to victimize people of color. We have so frequently seen police overreach & brutality fueled by institutional racism, let us NOT create another way to quickly dispose of black & brown citizens who those with guns & badges find inconvenient. HELL NO!
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    Considering the amount of corruption that already exists in police departments, it wouldn't be wise to further empower the state to fill prisons in the new Jim Crow era of mass incarnation.
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    Protecting the innocent from the wicked is truly expedient!
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    Yes, allowing officers to administer the taking of the sample, providing they have been trained. No they should not execute the test to obtain results. Only highly trained professionals are capable (even CSI shows that).
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    Any evidence and support will help in the line of justice for both law enforcement and person of interest.
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    Only after a suspect has been taken into custody. This test is actually extremely accurate. So those claiming it isn't reliable should actually look into it. If it can more quickly solve crimes and rule out innocent people, then I say yes!
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    Rapid DNA testing machines are a wish of the future. Besides, it's a lab tech thing, not law enforcement.
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    This should be decided at a state or local level, not a federal level.
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    DNA testing is a delicate process that if done wrong can have disastrous consequences. Instead streamline the process we have now
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    No more loss of liberty without court order.
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    There is absolutely no way that this wouldn't be abused.
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    I agree with the nay explanation
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    Yes, if the results are simply matched against a database and then trashed, we should provide law enforcement with this tool. This being said, it had better be a pretty damned accurate test!
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    I don't think a DNA test should be handled by an officer, it's not their place and should be left to professionals
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