Police officers can collect DNA samples as a routine part of arrests for violent crimes, the Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Monday.
The ruling — and the heated reaction to it — defied typical ideological divisions.
“Thanks to Justices Scalia, [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg, [Sonia] Sotomayor, and [Elena] Kagan for dissenting from the Court's opinion and upholding the Fourth Amendment and our Constitution,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) wrote on Facebook.
The American Civil Liberties Union called Scalia’s dissent “convincing,” and argued that the majority ruling would erode important constitutional protections.
"Today's decision creates a gaping new exception to the Fourth Amendment,” ACLU Legal Director Steven Shapiro said in a statement.
The court upheld a Maryland law allowing police to take DNA samples as a routine part of charging suspects with violent crimes.
Read more: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
Down goes the 4th amendment! Constitution is seems to be slowly being taken away.