Supreme Court OK's DNA Swabs at Arrest Without Warrants
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

be newsOn Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that it’s ok for police to take a DNA swab from anyone they arrest for a serious crime.

The court was heavily divided on the issues with 5 ruling for the practice, 4 ruling against.

“Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority.

But Justice Antonin Scalia warned: “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.”

 

 

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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.


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