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Chief Bratton on Fingerprint Mishaps: 'We Screwed Up'

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Yesterday was a cathartic day for LAPD's top dog, Chief William Bratton. In the same press conference where he admitted that the department's backlog of 7,000 rape-kits is a problem, he also spoke about the leaked-to-the-press report about shoddy fingerprint analyses that led to wrong accusations. Bratton, who emphasized that no case is solely based on fingerprints, has now convened a group of experts to form a taskforce on the issue in addition to moving the Scientific Investigation Division, responsible for fingerprinting, DNA (yes, rape-kits) and ballistics, from the Support Services Bureau to the Detectives Bureau.

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