Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather and the DNA database

The Steve Wright verdict this week demonstrates that with the right safeguards, a DNA database will make this country a safer place to live.

Sarah Teather has secured an adjournment debate to raise the issue of the ethnicity of people who are recorded on the database.

She is not quite accusing the government and the police of racism but the tone of her press release to promote the debate is not far off. “There is a real danger that the DNA database just reinforces the myth that black people are more likely to commit crime, and that is a very dangerous untruth” says Ms Teather.

Her press release does not answer the central question: is she in favour of a national DNA database or not? I look forward to hearing what she has to say.

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