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Unlawful DNA Collection Thwarted in MN’s Dakota County

By November 2, 2017 No Comments

The Dakota County (MN) sheriff recently agreed to “stop collecting DNA samples without a warrant from defendants charged with certain violent crimes” and to destroy “previously collected DNA samples,” reports the Duluth News Tribune. The agreement was made to settle a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, which called the sheriff’s office DNA collection unlawful. Said John Gordon of the ACLU, “This is a win, not just for our client, but for the other people whose DNA was unlawfully collected, and for those whose rights would have been violated in the future.” The Dakota County sheriff, Tim Leslie, had “maintained DNA collection is an important tool for identifying people accused of violent felonies.”