Colorado Senate Bill 241, which I’ve taken to calling “Bill 1984” because of its Orwellian implications, allows police to collect people’s DNA based merely on arrest. The basic argument against the bill is that it creates a perverse incentive for police to arrest people on some pretext just to look at their DNA.
Nor does an amendment change the basic nature of the bill. The Denver Post reports that the bill “is on the way to Gov. Bill Ritter’s desk after [it] was amended to allow police to take DNA tests upon arrest but for the sample not to be processed unless a person is charged. The sample will be destroyed if no charges are filed.” All this does is extend the perverse incentive to charging somebody on some pretext, knowing full well the charges will be dismissed, just to look at the person’s DNA.
Mike Krause and Joe Carr also loot at some of the funding injustices surrounding the bill.
Republican Scott Tipton said, “We did a good thing today. We helped protect that population out there called our daughters and our wives.”
Well, Scott, I talked to my wife about this, and she wants no part of your fascistic police state.