Is DNA Profiling Racist?

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    Last month a serial killer was caught because his DNA partially matched a close relative, in this case his son. Is it fair to use a policing method that definitely will have a disparate impact on blacks? eg. there are proportionately more DNA fingerprints on file for blacks than for other groups, therefore it is likely that there will be proportionally more blacks identified by familial searches.

    Several years ago a serial killer was racially identified as predominantly black by DNA testing, which changed the direction of the search from a white man, and the perp was caught. Even though the racial profiling was a success the (black) police chief said that he wished the technology could be put back in the bottle.

    Is it fair to use DNA testing for ever increasing identification purposes or is it an invasion of privacy? It is a tough call.
     
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    Ya, I mean why in hell would we want to catch criminals? I mean so many are black it just isn't fair.
     
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    I think before you can answer that, you have to answer the question "Why are their fingerprints already on file?"
     
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    Another thread by a "conservative" bashing black people. Big surprise!
     
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    Another IGNORANT post by the board RETARD, BIG SURPRISE.
     
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    I am a liberal, and it is an interesting question because it seems to have a straight forward answer but the legal ramifications are anything but clear.
     
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    Obviously they are on file because of prior involvement with the justice system. Am I correct in assuming that you think the justice system is the reason that blacks are over-represented rather than the demonstrable explanation that blacks commit more crime?
     
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    It's fair if it works. When it comes to crime you must forget about race.

    After all justice is supposed to be blind.

    I hope you're not gonna suggest that we do what was done by an activist judge in AZ and tell law enforcement officials to ignore the obvious just to avoid any possible discriminatory practices.
     
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    I think that getting every possible bit of evidence out of the actual DNA evidence is fair game. Especially with white people this could be significant, eg nordic, blue eyes, brown hair.

    But using a relative's prior criminality to identify a suspect seems to cross a privacy boundary to me.
     
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    I see a bit of hyper-sensitivity here.
     

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