Florida Police Use Dead Man's Finger to Try Unlocking His Phone

24 April 2018, 03:03 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Police Show Up At Funeral Home, Attempt To Use Dead Man's Finger To Unlock His Phone

Cops Try Unlocking Phone With Dead Man's Finger

According to reports, police in Florida attended the funeral of the person that they shot, but it wasn't so much to pay their respects but rather it was an attempt to gain access to the corpse where they tried to use the corpse's fingerprints to try and unlock his phone.

Two Florida detectives showed up at a man's funeral, but their intent was not to pay him any respect for his untimely passing. His fiancee also happened to be there at the time and she said she felt "so disrespected and violated".

Linus Phillips was killed by a Largo law enforcement officer after authorities reveal that he tried to flee a crime scene before he could be properly searched.

According to Forbes, police frequently use the fingerprints of overdose victims on the TouchID fingerprint scanner on iPhones, to try to find information relating to drug dealers, and often they are successful.

Charles Rose, professor and director of the Centre for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law, said dead people can not assert fourth amendment protections.

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"There's a ghoulish component to it that's troubling to most people", Rose told local media. "It provides no entitlement or legal rights after death to a deceased person".

In other words, attempting to use a dead person's fingerprint to unlock a smartphone might be legal now.

"The law has been most cruel, really unforgiving to a dead person", Law professor Remigius Nwabueze told the Times.

Legally, the detectives were in the right because under the law, there is no expectation of privacy after death.



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