Category Archives: police crime labs

Forensics: After flubbing a massive loss of Dallas police evidence, city manager reveals new policies

How’s that for a chain of custody violation? City manager runs the police database? After electronic evidence went missing in the spring, Broadnax vows to inform people sooner and implements more protections for transferring data. — Read on http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/08/16/dallas-city-manager-tc-broadnax-admits-he-could-have-communicated-better-about-deleted-police-data/

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Forensics: A bad day: Medical Examiner’s Office chief toxicologist faces criminal probe with potential legal ramifications in years of cases

Gary Kunsman, the chief toxicologist for the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, is under investigation for the alleged theft of a controlled substance and evidence tampering. — Read on http://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/07/29/chief-toxicologist-at-broward-medical-examiners-office-under-criminal-investigation/

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Forensics: Washington State Patrol’s toxicology lab ran tests in office contaminated by meth, possibly jeopardizing thousand of cases

SEATTLE – Behind the locked doors of a third-floor office in South Seattle, countertop instruments filled with dozens of tiny vials feed data to nearby monitors while performing scores of tests each day in pursuit of justice. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: Leaving trace DNA? All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion

Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply? — Read on http://www.thecity.nyc/2021/7/15/22575790/all-cops-should-submit-dna-samples-to-avoid-crime-scene-confusion-federal-report

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Forensics: Cross-bow ballistics in UK murder

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-57723845

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Forensics: A layman’s experience in the morgue. Autopsies Are More Important Than You Think

The clinical autopsy remains one of medicine’s most misunderstood  procedures — but possibly one of the most important — Read on elemental.medium.com/amp/p/82a372f8b617

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Forensics: Protect and Serve. Georgia Southern QB says false-positive field test showed bird droppings as cocaine

Straight to law enforcement chem-tests are nortorious for this. You can add Georgia Southern University’s starting quarterback to the list of innocent people wrongly charged with drugs based on a faulty roadside drug test. — Read on http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-southern-qb-says-false-positive-field-test-showed-bird-droppings-as-cocaine.amp

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Body cam video sheds light on traffic stop where police test child’s ashes for meth

Body cam video sheds light on traffic stop where police test child’s ashes for meth — Read on newschannel20.com/amp/news/local/body-cam-video-sheds-light-on-traffic-stop-where-police-test-childs-ashes-for-meth

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Forensics: Personal attacks and pushback against forensic bias researchers

Today’s Quattrone Center podcast with Itiel Dror, Brandon Garrett and Maneka Sinha reveals recent complaints leveled at Dror by @theNAME1996 forensic pathologists demanding retraction and his dismissal from UCL. His recent article on ME bias has hit a big nerve. … Continue reading

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Forensics: A lookback on the DC crime lab’s political turmoil. Firings and nepotism reigned supreme.

The history of an acclaimed “independent” crime lab getting the shaft in Washington DC. Now the lab is in hot water for “deliberately concealed” botched lab tests. csidds.com/2016/05/25/wash-dc-crime-lab-continues-to-coverup-its-problems-of-law-enforcement-bungles/ Now the lab is suspended from operation. https://dcist.com/story/21/04/07/dc-crime-lab-loses-accreditation-over-allegations-of-conealing-information/

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