- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Phoenix police officials acted reasonably in requiring three officers to provide DNA samples for an investigation into a sergeant’s death.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by three officers who said being required to provide DNA samples violated their constitutional rights.

The Police Department said it wanted samples from those officers and others in order to exclude them as contributors as DNA at the scene of Sgt. Sean Drenth’s death.

The 9th Circuit ruled that the court order requiring the samples included protections for the officer’s rights and that there was no undue intrusion.

The medical examiner ruled that Drenth’s 2010 death was a suicide. A shotgun was found on his body.


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