Supreme Court Rules Swabbing for DNA During Arrest Legal

Monday, June 3, 2013, the Supreme Court rules that it is perfectly legal to swab for DNA during arrests.
Monday, June 3, 2013, the Supreme Court rules that it is perfectly legal to swab for DNA during arrests.

The injustices that are regularly committed in our judicial system may have taken a turn for the worst with new procedures giving more power to officers.

The Supreme Court ruled that taking DNA once a person is arrested is perfectly legal.  It may prevent more crimes and solve many more, but many find this as a breach of their rights that will snowball out of control sooner than later because this procedure is supposed to be for serious crimes only, according to the Washington Post.  The Supreme Court did not unanimously come to this decision. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia predicts abuses of the new law will follow.

“Make no mistake about it: Because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason,” Scalia said in a sharp dissent which he read aloud in the courtroom. “This will solve some extra crimes, to be sure. But so would taking your DNA when you fly on an airplane — surely the TSA must know the ‘identity’ of the flying public. For that matter, so would taking your children’s DNA when they start public school.”

The African American community should definitely be afraid of giving the police community more power…of any kind.  The abuse of justice that Scalia fears is real.  Big Brother is watching.

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

 

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