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

Cops Try Unlocking Phone With Dead Man's Finger

The unlocking attempt failed, but police-who shot and killed Phillip in a gas-station clash last month, per WFLA-say the phone's data could have helped in probing the man's death and resolving a drug inquiry that includes Phillip. As he attempted to drive away, one officer was caught halfway out of the vehicle and another officer fired at Mr Phillip. An investigation into his death was initiated.

Detectives from Largo, Florida, visited a funeral home in nearby Clearwater and tried, unsuccessfully, to unlock a phone with the hand of its deceased owner to aid an investigation. She told the Tampa Bay Times she felt "so disrespected and violated".

Chaney said detectives didn't think they would need a warrant because there is no expectation of privacy after death and this was affirmed by several other legal experts.

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Phillip's family members are now seeking justice against the investigating officers and considering a lawsuit against the City of Largo for obtaining illegal access to the body after it left city custody, and for unwarranted search and seizure, The Sun noted. However it certainly has not stopped them from trying because that's what police in Florida have recently done. The police were unsuccessful in their attempts to unlock the device with Phillip's finger.

"While the deceased person doesn't have a vested interest in the remains of their body, the family sure does, so it really doesn't pass the smell test", Rose told the Times. But, Rose added, those rights could apply to whoever inherits the property.

Due to fingerprint scanners becoming ubiquitous on smartphones these days, law enforcement is having a harder time trying to gain access to a suspect's phone as they can not legally force them to give it up.

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