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LAS Calls for Answers Following Fire That Destroyed NYPD Evidence Center

The fire resulted in the loss of critical DNA evidence and will have far-reaching consequences for the ability of public defenders to exonerate wrongfully convicted clients.
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Op-Ed: Albany Must Reject Cries to Codify Familial DNA Searching

The controversial genetic search technique disproportionally affects people of color due to years of invasive surveillance and over-policing.
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Court: NYS Law Enforcement Must End Familial DNA Searches

The ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit brought by The Legal Aid Society to challenge the controversial genetic search technique, according to The New York Daily News.
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Listen: When the NYPD Secretly Collects Your DNA

Attorneys Phil Desgranges and Dave Pollock joined The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss Legal Aid's new lawsuit which seeks to end the City’s illegal and secret DNA collection and storage practices.
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LAS Sues to End City’s Illegal DNA Collection and Storage Practices

Thousands of New Yorkers are included in the City's DNA database regardless of whether they have been convicted of a crime, reports The New York Times.
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NYPD Continues Use of Controversial Private DNA Lab

More than a year after the City claimed to have cut ties with Parabon NanoLabs the police are still using the company's unreliable profiling techniques, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS Demands a Halt to Testing of Mixed DNA Samples

Police officers refuse to provide their DNA for an "elimination database," increasing the chances that samples collected from crime scenes are contaminated, according to THE CITY.
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LAS Cautions Protesters to Protect DNA in Case of Arrest

Demonstrators commemorating the anniversary of George Floyd's murder are at risk of NYPD's surreptitious DNA collection, reports Gothamist.
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Broken Promises: City Makes Little Progress on Expunging Rogue DNA Index

Despite pledges to reform collection and storage practices, the City's database has grown larger and now includes over 30k profiles, according to POLITICO New York.
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LAS Calls on Albany to Regulate City’s Rogue DNA Database

Despite promises to expunge profiles, new data shows that the City continues to index more New Yorkers’ DNA, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
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