Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is out of his ever-loving mind:
As Owen points out it is unconstitutional and, I might add, unethical, to take one's DNA without due process. Just besides the potential for some megalomaniac like Clarke having everyone's DNA, which is scary enough with the potential for abuse of power, even with the new methods, it is an intrusive procedure and thereby would be illegal and an infringement of one's rights, unless consented to by a competent adult.
Wisconsin should join 15 other states and collect DNA samples when defendants are booked into county jails, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said Sunday.
Sheriff's office employees already take photos and fingerprints at that time, he said. Adding DNA collection to their list of responsibilities would streamline the process and ensure that more criminals don't slip through the cracks as did suspected serial killer Walter E. Ellis.
I just bet that he didn't say that he wanted any of this power to invade people's privacy and persons when he was talking in front of the lunatic fringe on Saturday.
But the scary part is that it's not just Clarke that wants to violate our rights. Owen also points out that there is a bill in the works to do just the very thing.