Dead Man's Finger Used By Florida Police To Unlock Smartphone

24 April, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Cops Try Unlocking Phone With Dead Man's Finger

A dead man's finger could not unlock his phone, Florida police discovered after visiting a funeral home in a desperate attempt to access information that could assist them in an investigation. Is it really OK to use a dead man's finger to access his smartphone because of an ongoing investigation?

Mr Phillip, 30, was stopped by a police officer at a petrol pump in Largo, near St Petersburg, and was shot as he drove away.

A Florida woman was upset when detectives showed up at the funeral home where her late fiance's body was resting.

Largo Police said that Mr Phillip had used his vehicle as a deadly weapon - by dragging a police officer who had tried to get into the auto - as he tried to escape. Reports indicate that the officers were there for strictly investigative concerns, and tried to use the man's fingerprint to unlock his mobile device, but were unsuccessful in doing so.

Linus Phillip had been killed March 23.

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Phillip's fiancée, Victoria Armstrong, says she felt violated and disrespected.

Remigius Nwabueze, an associate professor of law at Southampton Law School, said the law was "cruel" and "really unforgiving to a dead person", adding that it provided "no entitlement or legal rights after death to a deceased person", The Tampa Bay Times noted. Lt. Chaney maintained that they didn't think they would need a warrant to do so because there is no expectation of privacy following death.

An unlocked iPhone was found on his person - but in the hours after his death as police sought access to his phone, the iPhone went to sleep, and when it reopened, it required a passcode. "There's a ghoulish component to it that's troubling to most people".

Militiamen gathered to unlock the gadget with a fingerprint of a dead African American.

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