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All Backlogged San Francisco Rape Kits to be Tested this Year

June 11, 2015  | 

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr on Tuesday said the city’s entire backlog of old rape kits has been counted by hand and will be tested by the end of the year with money already in the department’s budget, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The pledge means San Francisco stands to join a handful of cities around the country with no backlog of rape kits. New York City, Cleveland and Houston are among the few cities that have cleared their backlogs.

"We’re very proud of the place we’re going to be," Suhr said. "This is huge."

The San Francisco crime lab has already cleared a backlog of 753 newer rape kits, but hadn’t dealt with those collected before 2003 largely because the statute of limitations for prosecuting rapes in California is 10 years.

That statute of limitations doesn’t apply, however, in sexual assaults that involve weapons or kidnapping or that were committed by public officials or clergy, Suhr said. He added that rape kits from more serious cases were tested years ago and that he doesn’t expect any of the remaining kits to lead to prosecution.

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kevCopAz @ 6/12/2015 12:36 PM

wow, the Chief will be Proud of where they are "going to be"??? He should be ashamed of where they are now!! Perhaps the Chief should worry more about rape investigations instead of what his officers text to one another (see recent articles) and they wouldn't be backed up this much! How in Gods name did they become this backed up? If they were short the $ or manpower then takeout from Community relations, Gay pride parade and recruiting etc etc. This Chief (if he was in charge them) should be fired and so should head of the lab!

Sherry @ 6/13/2015 9:06 AM

He doesn't expect any of the remaining kits to lead to prosecution?.???
How and why would he make such a statement?
I hope he really is having them tested.

Nancy @ 7/9/2015 4:46 AM

If they would stop spending all that money on gay pride parades, they would have enough money to spend on DNA testing to catch all those criminals!

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