Blood Draws by Cops: “Street Justice”

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on October 22nd, 2007

A few days ago I posted about the growing practice of cops forcefully taking blood themselves from citizens arrested for DUI.  The following is a comment to that post from a Deputy Public Defender:


Blood draws allow the police to  take out a little bit of “street justice” on suspects who refuse to cooperate, by sticking a needle in them…

I have a client who was stabbed with a needle 5 times by a police officer before they took him to the hospital to get a blood draw.  The client told the police that he had collapsed viens and they would not be able to get his blood.  The police did not listen because there had be a scuffle and they were angry with my client.  My client took pictures of the puncture wounds the next day.  We have a hearing on the matter in December.

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