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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

S.F.'s DNA Lab Chief Resigns

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:50 AM

click to enlarge SFPD's DNA lab has a 400-case backlog.
  • SFPD's DNA lab has a 400-case backlog.
For years, San Francisco's DNA lab has been operating under a serious backlog. Now, as the police department finally considers outsourcing its genetic testing, the civilian manager of the DNA lab, Matt Gabriel, has resigned.

The position will remain unfilled, SFPD Assistant Chief Jeff Godown told the San Francisco Chronicle. Because dysfunctional labs are better off without managers, right?

Unfortunately, the backlog has done damage. A man on trial for rape and murder of a transgender woman was free for two years while the DNA evidence that would have linked him to the crimes sat idle.

More recently, a toddler was taken hostage by a man who should have been linked by DNA testing to an April homicide. The man was killed by police in a shoot-out. 

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