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GOP lawmaker: Let Mass. police collect DNA samples

June 4, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The top Republican in the Massachusetts Senate is urging his fellow lawmakers to begin allowing police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested of a serious crime.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr pointed to a Supreme Court decision Monday that endorsed the practice already followed by more than half the states and the federal government.

The Gloucester Republican said Massachusetts should give police here the same ability to help “exonerate the innocent, prosecute the guilty, and identify those who may pose a further threat to public safety.”

Tarr said that he’s convinced that DNA evidence collected after arraignment can be properly safeguarded and disposed of later if a conviction isn’t obtained.

Tarr has sponsored a bill designed to expand the state’s existing DNA database. The bill is currently before the Public Safety Committee.

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