(Originally published by The Washington Post on February 17, 2022)
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin made a disturbing announcement on Monday: Rape survivors’ DNA profiles had been routinely submitted to the city’s crime lab for inclusion in databases used to identify criminal suspects. The practice came to light, he said, after a woman’s DNA from a rape kit collected several years ago led to her recent arrest for a property crime.
Boudin’s office said Tuesday that he had dismissed the case against the woman, and the San Francisco Police Department has said it is investigating the crime lab’s practices.
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