People v. Gallego

Status:
Closed Case
May 05, 2010

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ACLU of Northern CA

Should the police be able to follow you around and collect and analyze your DNA from something you discard, without a warrant or even a reason to believe you have committed a crime?

Many police departments throughout the United States believe they have the authority to do just that. In this amicus brief, we argue that analyzing a person's DNA under these circumstances implicates the values protected by the Fourth Amendment and therefore that the Constitution limits the authority of the police to engage in such tactics.