U.S. Supreme Court says taking DNA during arrest process OK

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DENVER — The reaction from both sides was predictable after the United States Supreme Court ruled police departments can take a DNA sample from a person who has been placed under arrest.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey was upbeat, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, not so much.

Both sides were reacting after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Maryland court ruling, saying that DNA swabbing was constitutional for people going through the arrest process.

The Denver D.A.’s office says the ability for police to collect that DNA from arrested people has helped them in its crime-solving process.  A spokesperson with the A.C.L.U. says that process goes too far.

Further appeals could still be a possibility.

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