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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Police Near Cape Cod Use DNA Sweep to Identify a Murderer

In attempts to find the murderer in a 3-year old case out of Truro, MA, police investigators are trying to collect DNA samples from every man in the town, which totals approximately 790 men.  Although many men in the community support the effort thus far, other men, such as Dick Seed, find this sweeping investigative approach to be coercive.  Seed called the ACLU to complain about the sweep and commented: "I think it's outrageous...I really think they're usurping my civil rights... Are they going to chase down everyone who didn't give a sample? It kind of sounds like Stalin's secret police."  According to Sergeant David Perry of the Truro Police Department, the program is voluntary but special attention will be given to those men who refuse to provide DNA.  "We're trying to find that person who has something to hide," Sergeant Perry said.  More from the NYTimes story... [Mark Godsey]

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"other men, such as Dick Seed"


Posted by: Taint | Jan 11, 2005 4:30:07 AM

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