Civil liberties groups pan familial DNA

Civil liberties groups earlier this month panned familial DNA testing and said the method violates the Constitution and people’s rights to privacy.

“I think your average person would find it really creepy and very disturbing,” Allison Lewis, an attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s DNA Unit, said in an interview.

The New York Civil Liberties Union said in a written statement, which was provided to the Chronicle, that “Scientists and scholars have warned that use of DNA evidence to conduct familial searching is highly susceptible not only to human error, but to fraud and abuse.”

The state Commission on Forensic Science in June voted 9-2 to approve familial DNA, which examines a sample found at a crime scene and looks to see if it is a close match to that of anyone in criminal databases, providing investigators with a possible path to the actual perpetrator.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and the city Police Department advocated for its approval following the Aug. 2, 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano in Spring Creek Park. The Vetrano family were also major advocates for the…

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