DNA has been proven to be a most useful tool in the investigation of crimes.  In the past few years, thousands of prisoners have been released due to their exoneration thru DNA results, which gives irrefutable proof that the legal system failed in its pursuit of  “justice”.  Prior to DNA, many innocent people were executed based upon the false identification of a suspect by a witness or police officer, who swore they had the right person.  DNA has changed the legal landscape, just as videotaping is doing today.  However, one of the most overlooked uses of DNA in the investigative arsenal is the comparison of crime scene DNA with that of police officers who have had access to the scene.  Recent studies have indicated that 5% of all serious criminal activity in the United States is committed by Police Officers.  Many of theses crimes are heinous.  Whether it’s rape, sodomy, burglary, larceny, theft, or murder; the police officer should be one of the first individuals processed for investigation.  This is especially true of local and city police, who often come in contact with the elderly, women, children and disabled.  These are the most vulnerable elements of a population.  Unfortunately today there is no viable way of quickly cross-checking the crime scene DNA with a Police Officer’s DNA.  COPFOX strongly recommends that a national Police Officer DNA Database be established, which would mandate the collection and storage of DNA from every Police Officer, for potential crime scene analysis.  Having this type of tool available will enable Investigators the ability to link the crime scene with a Police Officer perpetrator.

Through the normal course of Police Officer business, they routinely enter homes, consult with residents and gain valuable personal information about an individual they can potentially victimize. Since most citizens have lifestyle patterns which are well established and recurrent, this information can form the basis of a future sexual assault or other crime.  Police Officers will normally document and store information and retrieve it at a later time when a likely nexus between themselves and the victim are not readily perceived.  As such, many criminal investigations begin with an Investigative mindset that supports a chance or random encounter between the perpetrator and victim, thereby focusing on strangers. Another line of investigative inquiry focuses on friends, relatives, co-workers or acquaintances of the victim, thereby limiting potential perpetrators to a small circle of suspects.  Links between prior Police Officer and Citizen contact are typically never made, even though a review of past Police Officer contacts with the victim would be prudent; although not dispositive evidence of culpability.  Consequently, many Police Officer crimes continue unsolved and unabated and fall into what is commonly referred to as a serial rapist, or serial murder category.  Serial rapists and murderers often leave what is known as a signature at the crime scene.  For Police Officers who commit these type of crimes that signature is often their DNA, usually in the form of semen or saliva.  The present inability of Investigators to compare Crime Scene DNA with Police Officer DNA sustains an ongoing pattern of unsolved criminal activity in many communities across America.

     When DNA is available, it’s utility as a crime-solving tool is presently limited to known databases of those already convicted (or charged) with a crime.  Also, in some instances those citizens who volunteer DNA to exonerate themselves will also be contained in a database for perpetuity; and their DNA is continuously compared with crime scene DNA, as in the matter of  George Varriale v. State of Maryland.  However, these limited Databases do not contain Police Officer DNA, which could readily link the perpetrator and victim.  This loophole in the American Criminal Justice System exists as part of a generally accepted practice within law enforcement and the Courts, which allows certain segments of the population to subvert the law, and literally get away with rape, sodomy, murder, and theft.

While the initial police contact with a citizen can be of a helpful nature, it presents the opportunity for corrupt police officers to establish a working knowledge of both the individual and their life patterns.  Also, Police Officers are routinely given access to information, keys, alarms, and video surveillance of citizens which afford them the opportunity to plan and execute criminal activity at the most advantageous and unexpected times, and places.  A factual example would be a police officer who has knowledge of a family who’s going on vacation and leaving their home empty for a week or two.  Typically, the homeowner will ask the police department to “keep an eye” on their property.  Many home burglaries take place because Police Officers who are on duty in the particular location of the vacant home (and have knowledge of the vacancy), will “break in” and loot valuables.  When they get the call about the break-in from a police dispatcher or alarm company, they will pretend to respond, while they are already there and in the process of looting items from the home.  These officers will advise the dispatcher that they are “en route” to the destination, while they take their time ransacking the home of valuables.  When they are finished looting the home they will notify the dispatcher that they are “on scene” and the looter is GOA (gone on arrival), thereby excluding themselves from the criminal activity.  Another factual example occurred at the Jersey Shore where a storm caused the evacuation of most barrier island residents who fled to the mainland for safety, leaving their homes empty.  A Police Chief and his associates took this opportunity to visit local homes during the storm and loot them of TV’s, Jewelry, and Valuables, all under the pretense of checking homes to help evacuate people.  If the home was empty they broke in and looted it thoroughly.  This is an ongoing problem throughout the United States.  Often, the police will show up to investigate a burglary of a business at 2 am in the morning, only to steal money from an open safe (Philadelphia PD), or pillage stock items such as watches and rings from a jewelry store (Los Angeles PD).  Many times the initial police officer at the scene of a crime will take advantage of the situation and fill their pockets with whatever is available, including drugs and money (NYPD).  These “first responders” are opportunists who believe they are entitled to these extra perks of the job.  Especially, when they know the chances of being apprehended are almost non-existent.  Often times the loot is shared with other members of the police department who were not at the crime scene, in order to spread the wealth and ensure cooperative silence.  Many Chiefs of Police and Shift Commanders will establish unwritten rules about what percentage of the haul they should receive; perpetuating a culture of corruption.

     Equally disturbing is the frequency of rape or sexual assault victims who are attacked at night when alone in their homes; who have previously disclosed personal information to police departments prior to the rape attack.  This information about the home and occupant being alone is spread throughout the police department each day at Police Officers roll call (during shift change),  in what is known as a “pass on”.  This information is then utilized by an unscrupulous Police Officer to sexually attack a woman when she is alone and vulnerable, usually using a disguise and gloves; making detection very difficult.  Often, the only evidence left behind is Police Officer semen.  While the police search for a suspect, they overlook the fact that the rapist is actually someone on the investigative team or is another police officer.  The Police Officer rapist can then coordinate and steer the investigation towards someone else who fits a given profile of previous criminal activity in the area.  The investigators will go through the perfunctory search of various existing criminal databases (NCIC, SCIC, CODIS) in an attempt to locate the “perpetrator” by matching the semen specimen.  The fact that the perpetrating Police Officer’s DNA is not in the CODIS system, enables them to remain at large and out of the suspect pool.  This is why there are so many “cold cases” in America, which are closed due to lack of evidence or dead ends.  Chiefs of Police are notorious for concealing evidence which may lead to the conviction of themselves or associates.  This is accomplished by suspending an investigation, or allocating minimal departmental resources; a common practice in many police departments.  The public is unaware that the information they provide to police about themselves or loved ones, will eventually be used to facilitate a rape, theft or murder.  These crimes are often committed by members of local police departments that the public relies on for protection and help.

Police Officer sexual assaults are not limited to attacks in the home.  Often, Police Officers on vehicle patrol seek out vulnerable targets of opportunity to victimize.  This can include young women who are hitchhiking, lost, runaways, or prostitutes who give Police Officers “favors” for not being arrested and charged.  It is also a common practice of many Police Officers to stop vehicles driven by known prostitutes or women with checkered histories in order to coerce them into providing sexual favors in return for not effectuating an arrest or issuing a motor vehicle summons – Police Officer Guilty of Rape/Oral Sodomy.  Technically, a Police Officer who picks up anyone or stops a vehicle is supposed to immediately radio police dispatch informing them of the encounter.  When giving someone a “transport” the cop must provide such information as the name and description of the individual; along with location, mileage, time, destination and reason for vehicular transport.    Unfortunately, thousands of such encounters between the Police and Public are made without proper notification or documentation, resulting in many women going missing, only to be found dead at a later date in a remote and wooded location.  In such circumstances, Police Officer and Victim DNA can be retrieved from both the crime scene as well as the police patrol vehicle, where a sexual assault often takes place.    Usually, the cause of death is  Sexual Assault with extreme violence.  Cases of this type are very difficult to solve because the victim is often stripped of clothing and identification.  The only link between the Cop and the Crime is DNA evidence. Presently, police investigations of this type of crime do not focus on the most obvious perpetrator, a Police Officer on patrol at night in a vehicle; who has motive, means and opportunity to commit such an act with impunity.  Thousands of individuals are reported missing across America each year, many are never found.  Some of those who are found can be readily linked to a Police Officer by utilizing a COP DNA Database search.

     Similarly, many Police Officers on patrol (especially in isolated areas) will bargain with a potential arrest suspect, when they are found with CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance), Alcohol or other Contraband.  In this scenario the Police Officer will stop a juvenile or someone in possession of contraband.  A quid pro quo is then established to arrange for their immediate release without charges if they return a “favor” to the cop.  These favors can come in the form of money, sex, or goods (watches, rings, etc.).  Many younger citizens will take this option as a way of getting out of being arrested, and having to pay a fine or being incarcerated.  One of the most productive ways of revealing such encounters is Cop DNA which is left at the scene, or remains on the article(s) exchanged.

The first order of business when conducting any criminal investigation should be to exclude those who have prior knowledge, proximity and access to a victim and/or crime scene; and fall within a known population of deviants, such as local or city police.  With a Police Officer DNA Database, a DNA sample (semen, hair, blood, etc.) taken from a victim and/or crime scene can be checked in minutes, thereby expeditiously locating and apprehending a Police Officer suspect, or ruling out their participation in the crime. It is counterproductive to allow a rapist, thief  or murderer, working within a police department, to  investigate their own criminal actions.  That’s what is being done across America today. Further complicating this issue is the likelihood that an innocent person will be identified as a suspect in a fraudulent police investigation; designed to derail apprehension of the true perpetrator.  In this scenario, circumstantial evidence will be gathered by police to support a false conviction.  Prosecutors are eager to accept perjured police testimony or false evidence, if it means “solving” a case.  Police Departments in large cities and small towns across America use this technique to target minority populations who are typically given incompetent and inexperienced public defenders as representation in court proceedings (NYC, Baltimore, Detroit, LA, etc.).  These public defenders often seek to dispose of as many cases as possible thru plea-bargains, which automatically finds a defendant guilty; with no Trial or Court  review of the evidence.  A conviction under these circumstances is almost guaranteed; accounting for the disparate incarceration numbers seen among various ethnic and cultural groups in America.

View recent arrests of some cop rapists and sexual predators at Cop Mug Shots.

COPFOX makes the following recommendations:

  1.  All police officers (federal, state, county, local) should be required to submit a DNA specimen for the establishment of a National Police Officer DNA Database (COPDNA)
  2. Exemptions for this Database should not be allowed, thereby not affording corrupt Police Chiefs the opportunity to exclude themselves from potential detection in criminal activity
  3. In all crimes where DNA evidence is available, the DNA should first be processed through the National Police Officer DNA Database to potentially identify  a police officer suspect
  4. In Cold Cases where DNA evidence is available, the stored DNA should be processed through the National Police Officer DNA Database to potentially identify a police officer suspect
  5. Any police officer applicant (federal, state, county, local) who refuses to submit a DNA specimen for the National Police Officer DNA Database should be excluded from hiring consideration
  6. Any active duty police officer (federal, state, county, local) who refuses to submit a DNA specimen for the National Police Officer DNA Database should be terminated
  7. COPDNA files should remain active for the life of the registrant to ensure cross referencing even after the police officer retires or leaves law enforcement
  8. Citizens should minimize the amount of confidential information they provide to police, thereby reducing the possibility of being targeted for crime
  9. Citizens who are required to evacuate their homes for any reason (fire, flood, HAZMAT, etc.) should bring all valuables with them
  10. Citizens who observe police activity near or in their homes should video-tape those events for investigative/court purposes
  11. Citizens should peacefully protest what they believe to be police misconduct, no matter how minimal or inconsequential it may appear
  12. The National Police Officer DNA Database should be cross referenced periodically with NCIC, SCIC and CODIS; as well as INTERPOL


4 Comments on "DNA"

  1. Julia Medford | July 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Reply

    This is a fantastic idea but it will undoubtedly get push-back from cop unions and cop brass who are involved with so many illegal activities. I’m conceerned about the number of rapist cops driving around at night stalking women. It is a real concern for many American mothers who have teen daughters and realize they may go missing or raped at the hands of a cop.

    • I can fully understand your concern. However, by speaking with you daughters and telling them the truth about cops and minorities, you can protect them from harm. I have five young girls and tell them to avoid both cops and minorities for they may rape them. This is the only way to protect your children and keep them safe. Good Luck!

      • Jada Mijenski | July 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Reply

        I live in NYC and am constantly on the alert for cops who may molest either me or my children. Sometime we even cross the street to avoid making any contact with cops who are standing around. I fully endorse your idea on establishing a COP DNA Database, and am surprised that one is not already being utilized to find criminal cops and put them behind bars where they belong.

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