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NYPD Admits Almost 2,000 People Should be Removed From City DNA Index​

In response to this admission, The Legal Aid Society called on the City Council to pass legislation ending genetic stop-and-frisk, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS Lauds Bill Prohibiting NYPD Collection of Children’s DNA Without Consent

The City Council recently introduced legislation that will ban police from collecting the DNA of a minor without consent from a parent, legal guardian or attorney, according to THE CITY.
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City Scientists Call for Independence from NYPD

The Legal Aid Society supports scientists working at the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in their desire for the City Council to enforce fair and ethical DNA collection, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS Calls for Permanent and Meaningful Regulation of City DNA Index Policy

Recently announced policy changes by the OCME do nothing to address the removal of tens of thousands of New Yorkers who are in the City’s index unjustly and illegally, according to the New York Daily News.
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Listen: LAS Breaks Down NYPD’s Dystopian “DNA Dragnets”

Terri Rosenblatt, Supervising Attorney of the DNA Unit at The Legal Aid Society, appeared on the Surveillance and the City podcast to discuss the emerging legal landscape surrounding the City’s DNA collection and storage practices.
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LAS Urges NYS Forensic Science Commission to Prohibit Controversial DNA Testing

The Commission announced that two laboratories will begin using phenotyping, the testing of forensic DNA for the purpose of determining physical attributes and genetic genealogy,​ according to the New York Daily News.
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City’s Rogue DNA Databank Grows by Thousands Despite 20k Eligible for Removal

The City's DNA index has grown by 2,000 individuals since March, even though the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner ​has provided the NYPD with a list of roughly 20k New Yorkers who could be removed, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS Reaffirms Need for DNA Reforms After Judge Refuses to Expunge Teen’s Profile

A 15-year-old’s genetic information remains on file in the City's rouge DNA index after a ruling in Brooklyn Family Court, as reported by THE CITY.
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LAS Calls for Progress Report on OCME Effort to Reduce DNA Database Profiles

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has yet to make good on public promises to reduce the size of the database, according to the NY1 News.
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LAS Condemns NYPD for Continuing to Add Innocent New Yorkers to DNA Database

Despite promises to reduce the local DNA database, the City has added over 1,800 profiles since February of this year, reports NY1.
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