Let the ‘blooding’ begin
AS the RCMP in Prince George, B.C., continues its arduous quest to solve the cases of a missing person and three murdered women, a civil liberties group is protesting the force’s strategy.
The troublesome files go back to 2006 with at least one link to B.C.’s infamous Highway of Tears and its murder toll, now 18 strong.
The fuss comes with an investigative approach sometimes known as blooding, a genetic fingerprint dragnet where samples of DNA are collected from a large target group for comparison with crime data. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association calls the move a violation of human rights.
So far, about 400 samples have been taken, 100 from cab drivers.
The sample (an oral swab or blood from a finger prick) is voluntary and taken with written consent of the provider. The counter-argument is it’s not voluntary because an individual who declines to provide a sample gets placed in the crosshairs of suspicion.
The same argument was made in 2003 when 10-year-old Holly Jones stole the national spotlight.