Forensics: More of the usual police rush to do their own DNA testing without Validating the “Black Box.”

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Another short piece of “WTF” about law enforcement over-zealous main line adoption of their in-house “novel” methods. Precautions cast aside are:

“Yet as recent coverage of the police rollout of these devices makes clear, the advent of Rapid DNA introduces a host of concerns. We lack much meaningful oversight of forensic science or police technology in this country. These machines are unvalidated. They use proprietary “black box” technology, so that no one, least of all the people using them, knows precisely how they work. They make errors and destroy samples, but we do not know how often.”

https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-just-how-reliably-does-this-police-black-box-test-dna-20190205/

About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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