San Francisco police used old rape-kit DNA to arrest woman in property crime case, says District Attorney
SAPD utilised DNA from a woman's years-old rape kit to arrest her as a suspect in a current property crime
DA Boudin said that the alleged practise may dissuade victims from coming forward
Police Chief Bill Scott said he's ordered an investigation into the accusations and will put an end to the practise
According to KTVU, Boudin announced on Monday that he had found that the police crime lab had used a database containing DNA profiles from sexual assault victims, and that the alleged practise may dissuade victims from coming forward.
"I am disturbed that victims who have the courage to undergo an invasive examination to help identify their perpetrators are being treated like criminals rather than supported as crime victims," in a statement to SFGATE, Boudin claimed.
According to KTVU, attorney Mary Alexander, who specialises in sexual assault cases, the claimed practise could "have a chilling effect on women coming forward."
"It is potentially an illegal search and seizure, and using her DNA in an improper manner," Alexander told the station. "So I think it’s of grave concern that this kind of thing is happening."
In a statement to the media, Police Chief Bill Scott said he's ordered an investigation into the accusations and will put an end to the practise if they're true.
"We must never create disincentives for crime victims to cooperate with police, and if it’s true that DNA collected from a rape or sexual assault victim has been used by SFPD to identify and apprehend that person as a suspect in another crime, I’m committed to ending the practice," Scott said.