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Top story in the headlines this week: Police tactics aimed at young people pressuring them into consenting to a DNA sample have been described as bullying.
Well duh! The Police have been building up a Criminal DNA database for some time - if you commit a sexual crime you go on it - but the Police can add voluntary samples as well.
The Police deny that they have been bribing young people with quicker bail release in exchange for their DNA, but criminal lawyers say it's offered up at times when offenders are waiting for Police discretion to bail them out early.
Of course the Police will try and push their luck with young people because young people don't know their rights. Please don't be under the illusion that "he ain't heavy, he's my brother", the Police can be right evil fuckwits if they want to be, he IS heavy, and he's NOT my brother.
The only way you can safeguard against the cops pressuring you into handing over your DNA is to stop voluntary DNA samples. If you have committed an aweful crime or are suspected of committing an aweful crime, of course you should have to hand over your DNA, but allowing the cops discretion over voluntary samples creates a proxy national DNA database none of us as citizens agreed to.
Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury