San Francisco cops "used DNA from a sexual assault victim's RAPE KIT to arrest her for a property crime"

San Francisco cops “used DNA from a sexual assault victim’s RAPE KIT to arrest her for a property crime”

San Francisco police have been accused of using DNA from a sexual assault victim’s rape kit to link her to an unrelated property crime.

Chesa Boudin, the city’s district attorney, said he learned that DNA samples taken from rape victims were included in a database of suspects.

It is unclear if the woman was convicted based on DNA.

Butin and several local lawmakers criticized the “legally and ethically incorrect” practice and warned that it would prevent future victims from speaking out.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott has since launched an investigation into the allegations and vowed to end the practice.

“Whatever the differences between District Attorney Boudin and myself, we agree that this issue needs to be resolved,” the statement said. “After all, our respective departments exist to administer justice to victims of crime. The last thing we should do is prevent them from cooperating with us to achieve this goal.”

Scott added that it is possible that the suspect Boudin spoke of was identified from DNA stored in a non-victim database.

San Francisco District Attorney Chelsa Budin San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott (right) said if Boudin’s claims (left) are true, he intends to end the practice.

Boudin said he was calling for an end to the practice, which is being investigated by legislators and police.

Boudin said he was calling for an end to the practice, which is being investigated by legislators and police.

Butin, who has been criticized for his “awakening” and “soft stance on the crime,” said he was “alarmed” to learn that victims were allegedly being treated as potential suspects.

“Rape and sexual harassment are violent, inhuman and traumatic,” he said in a press release on Monday. “I am concerned that victims who have the courage to undergo invasive testing to help identify those responsible are being treated like criminals and not supported as victims of crime.

“We should encourage survivors to come forward and not collect evidence to use against them in the future. This practice treats victims like evidence, not like people.”

Victims of sexual assault who file reports with the police are often asked to be tested so that investigators can obtain evidence. The victim submits their own DNA so that it can be ruled out as evidence in the analysis of the samples.

Using their DNA to frame them for future crimes could prevent future victims from coming forward, according to Boudin’s office.

Democratic state senator Scott Wiener said he is working with the district attorney’s office to resolve the situation.

Over the past five years, the number of rapes in San Francisco has dropped dramatically;  There were 207 reported rapes in 2021 compared to 446 rapes investigated in 2017.

Over the past five years, the number of rapes in San Francisco has dropped dramatically; There were 207 reported rapes in 2021 compared to 446 rapes investigated in 2017.

Ronen is drafting legislation to prevent the practice in San Francisco and said evidence of rape victims should be used solely to investigate sexual assaults.

Ronen is drafting legislation to prevent the practice in San Francisco and said evidence of rape victims should be used solely to investigate sexual assaults.

“Providing a rape kit after a sexual assault can be re-traumatizing,” he said in a press release. “Too many people choose not to take this step given the injury. However, survivors can at least be sure – at least they thought so – that the sample they provide for the rape kit will only be used to investigate sexual assault and not for other purposes.

“If survivors believe their DNA could end up being used against them in the future, they will have another reason not to be involved in a rape trial.”

District 9 Superintendent Hillary Ronen said she asked the City Attorney to develop a law that would prohibit the use of a rape evidence kit for any purpose other than a rape investigation.

“There are huge barriers for rape victims to report the crime,” Ronen said.

“The DNA of rape victims must be protected at all levels of government and in every place.”

According to police, the number of rapes in San Francisco has decreased. There were 207 reported rapes in 2021 compared to 449 rapes investigated in 2018.

However, other violent crimes also occur in the Northern California city, and Boudin has been widely criticized for allowing criminals to pursue his criminal justice reform policies.

Boudin was publicly criticized by the city police chief for being lenient with criminals and earlier this month accused him of covering up evidence in a shooting involving officers and deaths in custody.

Narcotics and Chemical Analysis Division of the Crime Lab in San Francisco, California.

Narcotics and Chemical Analysis Division of the Crime Lab in San Francisco, California.

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