Florida Police Use Dead Man's Finger to Try Unlocking His Phone

Linus F. Phillip was killed on March 23. Two detectives held the man’s hands up to the phone’s fingerprint sensor but could not unlock

Cops Try Unlocking Phone With Dead Man's Finger

Following a man's death, authorities in Florida went to a funeral home where his body was being kept and used the man's finger in an attempt to unlock his cellphone as part of their investigation.

"So they are allowed to pull him out of the refrigerator and use a dead man's finger to get to his phone", she told ABC Action News.

Detectives in Florida have attempted to use a dead suspect's finger to unlock his phone, according to a United States newspaper. They then claimed to smell marijuana coming from the vehicle where they then tried to detain him, but he jumped into the driver's seat and drove away where one of the officers, who was trapped halfway in the auto, shot him. Largo police department said that one of its officers had sought to search Mr Phillip after smelling marijuana coming from his rental auto.

Linus Phillip had been killed March 23. "I just felt so disrespected and violated", Armstrong says.

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"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", professor and director of the Center or Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law Charles Rose said.

"The law has been most cruel, really unforgiving to a dead person", Nwabueze told the Times. They did not notify his family in advance, nor did they obtain a warrant.

Police were trying to access and preserve data on the device, both for the inquiry into Phillip's death and for a separate investigation into a drug charge, local media reported. "It provides no entitlement or legal rights after death to a deceased person".

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

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