NYC Medical Examiner’s Office Begins Fingerprinting Bodies For Database


CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fingerprinting the dead: an invasion of family privacy or a necessary part of 21st Century society?

As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, the city Medical Examiner’s Office has begun to fingerprint every body who dies an unnatural death — an accident, medical complication or even suicide or homicide, would be fingerprinted.

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Even if a body is identified by next of kin, it would still be finger printed and put into an electronic data base.

Carl told Schuck there’s one simple reason why he wouldn’t have a problem with it — “your dead.”

“How much of an invasion is it for them to take your fingerprints to make sure that you are the person that’s there,” he added.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said the new fingerprinting policy will bolster a statewide electronic…

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