TROY, NY. – The Troy Police Department has already received their new DNA testing kits after the Supreme Court narrowly ruled Monday that states could take DNA samples from persons accused of serious crimes.
Captain John Cooney uses NEWS CENTER'S Christine O'Donnell to show how officers will now take DNA from people arrested for some misdemeanor crimes like DWI and felony crimes as well. Cooney tells us its part of the new booking process.
"You were just arrested for DWI or shoplifting," Cooney says handing Christine a swab. "You rub it in a circular motion against each cheek for 10 seconds," Cooney said.
On Monday, in a 5-4 vote, Supreme Court justices ruled the benefits of the "cheeks swab" overrule the intrusion of privacy as the DNA could be used to help crack unsolved crimes.
Cooney tells us DNA evidence has helped them solve nearly a dozen criminal cases in the past few years. In 2011 Michael Mosley was found guilty of first degree murder in the 2002 brutal killing of his 18-year-old girlfriend Arica Lynn Schneider and 27-year-old Samuel "Frost" Holley. Thanks to DNA evidence they were able to collect after he was convicted of another crime, this law doesn't wait for the conviction to get your DNA.
For that same reason, Melanie Trimble, Chapter President for the Civil Liberties Union says this decision violates our rights. She says just because someone's arrested, doesn't mean their guilty and they should have the right to their DNA.