NEW YORK (AP) – The Legal Aid Society has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the New York Police Department of surreptitiously collecting genetic material from thousands of New Yorkers and storing it indefinitely in a “rogue” DNA database. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, the police routinely seize DNA from people who are being questioned about a crime by offering them a beverage, a cigarette or chewing gum and then collecting samples from the items. A spokesperson for the city law department says the department will review the lawsuit.
Photo: New York Police Department outside NYU Langone hospital in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. . (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)