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NYPD Botched DNA Test Linking Occupy Wall Street to Murder

By Aviva Shen on July 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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A leaked story linking Occupy Wall Street to an unsolved murder went viral Wednesday, but it seems the anonymous law enforcement official spoke too soon. The DNA match between the 2004 murder of Juilliard student Sarah Fox and an Occupy Wall Street protest was revealed to be the result of a botched test contaminated by an NYPD employee. The NYPD swabbed the DNA from a heavy chain used to prop open a subway door during a transit protest in Brooklyn, a move that sparked anger from Occupy Wall Street protesters. Ed Needham, a press officer for OWS, told the New York Daily News, “Obviously it’s a terrible murder, but the story here is really the NYPD rubbing for DNA on some chains at a peaceful Occupy Wall Street demonstration.”

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