NYPD Forces Iris Scans

Posted by | February 14, 2012 11:46 | Filed under: Top Stories

The New York Police Department is forcing arrestees to have their irises photographed against their wills, and with the objection of civil libertarians who believe it should be optional.

The New York Police Department began photographing the irises of people arrested in Manhattan in 2010; officials said then that the images would help prevent suspects from escaping. But the program drew criticism from criminal defense lawyers and civil liberties experts who expressed concern that it could infringe on individuals’ privacy, especially in cases in which the charges were eventually dropped.

More than a year later, as the program has been extended across the city, opponents have renewed their objections and accused officers of sometimes pressuring people to submit to the photographs — which are supposed to be optional — by keeping those who do not comply in custody longer.

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By: Alan

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