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New law to collect DNA from suspects

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Beginning tomorrow, law enforcement in North Carolina can collect DNA from suspects in certain violent felony and misdemeanor arrests. Opponents say it violates privacy rights.

A suspect's DNA will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation to be analyzed and uploaded to state and national databases.

The new law applies to anyone arrested for violent felonies and some misdemeanors, like stalking and cyberstalking. This is an addition to the old law, which only allowed DNA collection from those convicted of violent crimes.

Attorney General Roy Cooper strongly agrees with it, saying it will enable law enforcement to solve and prevent more crimes. North Carolina's DNA database currently contains more than 200,000 profiles.

District Attorney Ben David says the new law will dramatically assist in solving cold cases.

"We have had cases in this very community; violent and brutal sexual assaults and murder cases that would have never been solved without the ability of agents and prosecutors to use the evidence collected at the scene to test against this CODIS database to see if there's a hit," David said.

Supporters of the law say taking these DNA samples from people when they are arrested is projected to help solve up to one hundred additional murders, rapes and other crimes in the first year.

Opponents, though, says it's a violation of civil rights and due process.

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This is no more invasive than fingerprinting

The courts have consistently ruled that the Fourth Amendment does not shield people from routine, non-invasive procedures that are more administrative than constituting a search - such as fingerprinting....or, in this case, swabbing the inside of the cheek with a sterile Q-tip.

To all those who think it is

To all those who think it is such a great idea to continue giving away our rights as citizens and let the law treat everyone as a convicted criminal before his trial, wait until the day when the cops can come to your home, haul you or a member of your family away based solely the fact that you have been "profiled" as someone that simply meets the criteria of a person who could potentially commit a crime in the future. Those who do not embrace and attempt to protect what few rights we have left do not deserve any of them.

Only criminals get arrested.

You must believe that to be in favor of this law.

There always is a really good reason every time the government decides to take rights away from its citizens, but if we keep giving our rights away eventually we will not have any left.

We still want to keep our guns, right?

why does it bother you that

why does it bother you that they are collecting DNA? If it is going to allow the police to find the real criminal, then whats the big deal. I am not a criminal, nor do I plan to be, but I will gladly submit my DNA if it will prevent me from being wrongly accused of a crime later on down the road. If they come to my door and arrest me because i "fit a description" and I submit my DNA, that could be the only thing that clears my name. I dont understand how it is taking rights away.

DNA is just proof you were

DNA is just proof you were "somewhere" at "some point". It is not proof of a crime. If you had no alibi and a crime was committed, they could question you simply for being in that room, or in that car, or you touched that persons clothes. DNA will take the work out of crime solving, and law enforcement will become complacent with questioning anyone with DNA near the crime scene.

What if you dropped a soda can hours earlier near the scene of murder. Should you be brought in for questioning simply because your DNA is on a soda can? And if you have no alibi and they find no other witnesses or evidence, should they be allowed to lock you up because you were in the vicinity of the crime? You may think this is jumping to conclusions, but as we've seen time and time again, law enforcement makes mistakes. Quite a few, actually. If you are the only lead, whats to stop them from creating a case against you? SOMEONE needs to get arrested for that crime......

Awesome, they need to, how

Awesome, they need to, how does this violate thier rights?? they shouldnt have any if they are out breaking the law!!

innocent until proven guilty

innocent until proven guilty means nothing to you?

Because Americans are

Because Americans are protected against unreasonable search and seizure. This certainly falls into this catagory. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This sort of intrusion tramples this belief. If a person is convicted, then go for DNA. But, until he has had his day in court, it should not be done as routine procedure.

Same as fingerprints

They already fingerprint everyone who's arrested and booked, swabbing them for a DNA sample isn't any different.

I say get DNA samples from everyone arrested regardless of the severity of the crime.

And I suppose you fly a

And I suppose you fly a Communist flag in your front yard and goose-step to and from your mailbox.

Agreed

If there's nothing to hide why worry about it; it should be part of the process after any serious arrest. Why would a DNA sample be considered any more a privacy issue than fingerprinting? Technology moves forward and we have to be able to use these established capacities to improve our ability to protect those of us who abide by the law. DNA is just the current equivalent of what fingerprinting was 40 years ago.

We all know when suspects

We all know when suspects are arrested they are always found guilty, they are never innocent. Not to mention, that your DNA is not just "yours," it also relates to the rest of your family.

Ohh and why we are giving DNA tests to everyone suspected of a crime, why not throw a few to those sitting on Death Row. Who wait years to get tested, ask Dwayne Allen Dail, who was freed after serving 18 years in a NC Prison.

Or we can blindly believe that the Local, State and Federal Gov't never make mistakes and sleep comfortably at night with the illusion of safety.

There are pros and cons to

There are pros and cons to everything. I see your point, but if this law had of been in effect when he was arrested for the crime, they could have cleared his name and prevented the wrongful accusation in the first place...

If we had camera's recording

If we had camera's recording our every move, we would know where each and every person was at all times. And we put tracking devices on people and monitored every single citizens actions, then no crime would ever go unsolved!! Or, why not fund research into monitoring thoughts, that way we could stop a crime BEFORE it happened!! WHAT A UTOPIA!!!!