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Les dangers de l’équitation révélés après la mort d’un adolescent de Venise, en Floride

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Lorsque vous pensez à des sports dangereux, vous pouvez imaginer le parachutisme, l’alpinisme ou la course hors route.

Même le football a fait la une des journaux ces dernières années pour avoir causé des blessures telles que des lésions cérébrales traumatiques.

Cependant, des recherches suggèrent que l’équitation pourrait être l’un des sports les plus dangereux d’Amérique, entraînant au moins 100 décès par an – et selon certaines estimations, jusqu’à 700.

Le danger a été mis en évidence ce mois-ci lorsqu’une adolescente cavalière de Floride est décédée parce que son cheval avait trébuché et était tombé sur elle. Hannah Serfass, 15 ans, participait à un événement à Venice, en Floride, lorsque l’accident s’est produit. Le cheval de 12 ans, nommé Quaxx, a trébuché et a subi une chute en rotation.

Une étude de 2021 de l'Université du Texas Rio Grande Valley a suggéré que l'équitation comporte le plus grand risque de blessure.  Cette conclusion était basée sur les données présentées ici sur les blessures subies sur une période de dix ans

Une étude de 2021 de l’Université du Texas Rio Grande Valley a suggéré que l’équitation comporte le plus grand risque de blessure. Cette conclusion était basée sur les données présentées ici sur les blessures subies sur une période de dix ans

Après le décès de Mme Serfass, la Fédération équestre des États-Unis (USEF) a déclaré qu’elle “prend chaque accident très au sérieux et examinera l’accident de manière approfondie pour savoir ce que nous pouvons faire pour minimiser les risques et accroître la sécurité dans les sports équestres”.

Une étude de 2021 menée par des chercheurs de l’Université du Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) a conclu que monter à cheval était le sport le plus dangereux d’Amérique.

“Le risque d’hospitalisation pour blessures équestres est plus élevé que pour le football, les courses de véhicules à moteur et le ski”, ont écrit les auteurs de l’article, publié dans la revue Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

Un rapport de 2014 de la Consumer and Product Safety Commission des États-Unis a révélé que le taux d’hospitalisation pour des blessures liées à l’équitation était de 16,6 % supérieur à celui des véhicules tout-terrain (VTT) ou des motos qui augmentaient l’activité suivante.

Le football, longtemps considéré comme très dangereux en raison du pourcentage élevé de joueurs professionnels ayant subi des lésions cérébrales traumatiques, n’est même pas à la hauteur.

Une enquête menée en 2021 par le National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research a révélé une moyenne de 20 décès parmi les joueurs de football de tous niveaux cette saison-là. Seuls quatre étaient directement liés à des blessures subies sur le terrain.

Hannah Serfass, 15 ans, est décédée la semaine dernière après que son cheval a trébuché et est tombé sur elle

Hannah Serfass, 15 ans, est décédée la semaine dernière après que son cheval a trébuché et est tombé sur elle

Mme Serfass a été une athlète talentueuse toute sa vie, d'abord en tant que gymnaste, puis en tant que star de l'équitation et de l'athlétisme.

Mme Serfass a été une athlète talentueuse toute sa vie, d’abord en tant que gymnaste, puis en tant que star de l’équitation et de l’athlétisme.

Stefan Keryan, 8 ans, de Denver, Colorado, a été renversé d'un cheval lors de vacances en famille au Belize.  Il a ensuite été traîné sur le trottoir pendant deux milles avant que le cheval ne soit arrêté

Stefan Keryan, 8 ans, de Denver, Colorado, a été renversé d'un cheval lors de vacances en famille au Belize.  Il a ensuite été traîné sur le trottoir pendant deux milles avant que le cheval ne soit arrêté

Stefan Keryan, 8 ans, de Denver, Colorado, a été renversé d’un cheval lors de vacances en famille au Belize. Il a ensuite été traîné sur le trottoir pendant deux milles avant que le cheval ne soit arrêté

De plus, une étude de la National Athletic Trainers’ Association a examiné les décès parmi les joueurs de basket-ball du collège entre 2007 et 2015. Les chercheurs ont trouvé 11 décès en 2015 et une moyenne de cinq par an dans l’ensemble.

Il a également été démontré que l’équitation cause de graves dommages.

En décembre dernier, Stefan Keryan, huit ans, de Denver, a été grièvement blessé après être tombé de son cheval et a été traîné sur le trottoir pendant deux milles. Il a subi des brûlures au troisième degré, une fracture du crâne et une contusion au cerveau.

‘J’ai entendu crier et j’ai regardé et comme [the horse was] en courant, je vois que la selle est renversée et que mon fils est traîné par le pied », la mère de Stefan. Heidi Keryan, a déclaré à Good Morning America. “Ma fille aînée et moi avons commencé à crier et à crier et à courir aussi vite que possible pour l’atteindre, mais ce cheval était très rapide.”

Bien que l’on pense que le garçon a survécu à ses blessures, il a eu besoin d’une intervention médicale intense.

Les chercheurs de l’UTRGV ont examiné les données de la Banque nationale de données sur les traumatismes, la plus grande base de données d’informations médicales liées aux traumatismes du pays. Ils ont constaté qu’entre 2007 et 2016, 45 671 patients se sont rendus dans un centre de traumatologie pour des blessures causées par l’équitation.

Environ 88% de ces patients de la base de données qui se sont rendus à l’hôpital avaient des blessures suffisamment graves pour qu’ils soient admis.

Les blessures à la poitrine étaient les plus fréquemment signalées, suivies des blessures à la tête, aux bras et aux jambes.

Les chercheurs ont également déclaré que près de 75% des décès étaient dus à des blessures à la tête ou au cou.

Les blessures sont fréquentes dans la communauté équestre. Par exemple, une étude de 2021 de l’Ohio State University a révélé que 81% des cavaliers avaient subi une blessure à un moment donné de leur carrière d’équitation. Environ 21% de ces participants avaient subi une blessure grave.

Les chercheurs ont conclu que de tous les sports aux États-Unis, les sports équestres sont la cause la plus fréquente de lésions cérébrales traumatiques liées au sport chez les adultes.

De plus, le National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estime que plus de 48 000 personnes ont été traitées aux urgences de l’hôpital pour des blessures liées à l’équitation en 2017.

Certaines des blessures les plus courantes subies dans l’équitation sont celles de la tête, des chevilles, de la poitrine et des poignets.

Une étude publiée en 2019 dans la revue Sports Medicine a révélé que 70 % des chutes équestres signalées provoquaient une blessure à la tête. Les chercheurs ont également noté que le port d’un casque bien ajusté pouvait réduire le risque de blessures graves, telles que les fractures du crâne.

Une étude de 2018 de la revue Cogent Food & Agriculture a révélé que la première cause de décès est la chute des cavaliers. Cela représentait 83,4 % des incidents.

L’Académie américaine des chirurgiens orthopédiques recommande à tous les cyclistes de porter des casques appropriés et des bottes bien ajustées pour réduire le risque de blessure. L’organisation avertit également les cavaliers d’essayer de rouler sur le côté s’ils se sentent tomber du cheval.

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Netflix lures 8m new subscribers as it cashes in on its password sharing crackdown

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Netflix added more than 8m subscribers in three months as it cashed in on a password-sharing crackdown. 

The US streaming giant now has over 278m subscribers watching its shows after raking in new users. 

The company added 8.05m paying customers in the three months to the end of June, up from the 5m it put on in the same period of 2023. 

Netflix now has over 278m subscribers watching its show including One Day, Scoop, which stars Gillian Anderson (pictured), and the controversial global sensation Baby Reindeer

Netflix now has over 278m subscribers watching its show including One Day, Scoop, which stars Gillian Anderson (pictured), and the controversial global sensation Baby Reindeer

The number of new customers has boomed since the start of the year when the firm made it harder to share accounts between friends and family – prompting millions of users to sign up for their own subscriptions. 

Many have also signed up to watch Netflix shows including One Day, Scoop, which stars Gillian Anderson, and the controversial global sensation Baby Reindeer.

But while the subscriber gains topped analysts’ predictions, Netflix cautioned that subscriber additions in the next quarter would be lower than the same period of 2023. 

The streaming giant posted profits of £1.6billion and revenues of more than £7.4billion yesterday. 

Netflix thrived during the pandemic when much of the world was housebound but analysts questioned if it could maintain its momentum. 

The group has since focused efforts on its advert-supported option, which offers lowers prices to viewers. 

Netflix said its advert tier membership grew 34 per cent from the previous quarter, but it did not say how many subscribers chose that option. 

‘Our ad business is growing nicely and is becoming a more meaningful contributor to our business,’ it told investors.

‘But building a business from scratch takes time, and coupled with the large size of our subscription revenue, we don’t expect advertising to be a primary driver of our revenue growth in 2024 or 2025.’

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Trump recounts assassination attempt in convention speech

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Former US President Donald Trump, in his first speech since surviving an attempted assassination, said on Thursday a last instant movement of his head at the rally in Pennsylvania saved him from being killed. 

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Caviar on tap, beach barbecues and a yacht for just 82 guests. A Caribbean cruise? It’s more like a giant floating house party

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As we glide across neon turquoise waters into shore on our Zodiac inflatable, I spy a waiter standing patiently on the ivory sands proffering a tray of painkillers.

Not the medicinal sort, but the enticingly sweet rum cocktails linked to the British Virgin Islands that are scattered like jewels across this corner of the Caribbean Sea.

It’s a glamorous start to our week-long voyage on one of the mega-yachts of boutique line SeaDream Yacht Club, holding up to 112 guests. 

There are just 82 on our sailing, making the ambience even more chummy – like one big floating house party.

We’ve arrived at the island of Jost Van Dyke for today’s Champagne & Caviar Splash beach barbecue – a signature SeaDream indulgence, while crew dispense caviar with trimmings from a floating surfboard in the shallows. 

Small world: Sara Macefield boards a Caribbean cruise with SeaDream. Above, Jost Van Dyke, one of the stops on her tour

Small world: Sara Macefield boards a Caribbean cruise with SeaDream. Above, Jost Van Dyke, one of the stops on her tour

It’s a cocktail party like no other, and the first of innumerable pinch-me moments during a voyage that takes us off well-worn routes to the Caribbean’s diminutive glories. 

Take tiny Nevis, dotted with romantic hotels among the ruins of colonial sugar mills and where US statesman (and subject of the eponymous West End musical) Alexander Hamilton was born, or St Barts, the A-listers’ nirvana where designer stores and superyachts conjure up a French Riviera meets the tropics vibe.

Then there’s the rustic Gallic simplicity of Iles des Saintes, a cluster of pin-prick outposts off Guadeloupe said to resemble St Barts before its jet-set days. 

Adding extra sparkle is our ship SeaDream 1. It’s not the newest or most modern – it turns 40 this year – but I find its varnished wood and gleaming brass brings a classic style of cruising, complemented by faultless service from the charming crew. 

Sara travels on SeaDream 1 (pictured), a mega-yacht that holds up to 112 guests

Sara travels on SeaDream 1 (pictured), a mega-yacht that holds up to 112 guests 

Sara describes the SeaDream experience as 'one big floating house party'

Sara describes the SeaDream experience as ‘one big floating house party’ 

From the moment I step aboard with my husband Geoff they know our names – and remember them throughout. Such touches are impressive, along with gifts that appear in our cabin. 

One night SeaDream keyrings, on another glasses cases.

Days are spent ashore or chilling around the pool. 

Sara's voyage takes her to Iles des Saintes, seen here, a cluster of pin-prick outposts off Guadeloupe

Sara’s voyage takes her to Iles des Saintes, seen here, a cluster of pin-prick outposts off Guadeloupe

Sara explores St Barts, pictured here, the 'A-listers¿ nirvana where designer stores and superyachts conjure up a French Riviera meets the tropics vibe'

Sara explores St Barts, pictured here, the ‘A-listers’ nirvana where designer stores and superyachts conjure up a French Riviera meets the tropics vibe’

It’s an addictive routine, spiced up when the water-sports marina comes into play and we whizz around on jet-skis or hurtle into the sea on the surprisingly steep inflatable slide.

One night we don SeaDream pyjamas embroidered with our names (another gift), to sleep under the stars on one of the plush sunbeds on deck. It’s been made up with a quilt and pillows so we soon drift off to the sound of waves.

I awaken at sunrise as we approach Montserrat, its outline illuminated by glowing crimson skies. You’d never normally find me awake at such an ungodly hour, but this natural alarm call was a rare treat worth getting up for.

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Explosion in Tel Aviv, bomb disposal experts on site, say Israeli police

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A powerful explosion of unknown origin went off in a building in Tel Aviv before 4:00 am (0100 GMT), Israeli police said Friday.

Israeli media reported a loud explosion on Ben Yehuda Street on the corner of Shalom Aleichem in Tel Aviv.

“Numerous police officers and bomb disposal experts have arrived on the scene and are dealing with the situation,” police said in a statement, without giving further details.

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Breakthrough ‘take-at-home’ prostate cancer drug gets green light for NHS use, sparing patients from lengthy hospital visits throwing a lifeline to 40,000 men

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How many people does it kill? 

More than 11,800 men a year – or one every 45 minutes – are killed by the disease in Britain, compared with about 11,400 women dying of breast cancer.

It means prostate cancer is behind only lung and bowel in terms of how many people it kills in Britain. 

In the US, the disease kills 26,000 men each year.

Despite this, it receives less than half the research funding of breast cancer and treatments for the disease are trailing at least a decade behind.

How many men are diagnosed annually?

Every year, upwards of 52,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK – more than 140 every day.   

How quickly does it develop? 

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs someone has it for many years, according to the NHS. 

If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ may be adopted. 

Some patients can be cured if the disease is treated in the early stages.

But if it is diagnosed at a later stage, when it has spread, then it becomes terminal and treatment revolves around relieving symptoms.

Thousands of men are put off seeking a diagnosis because of the known side effects from treatment, including erectile dysfunction.

Tests and treatment

Tests for prostate cancer are haphazard, with accurate tools only just beginning to emerge. 

There is no national prostate screening programme as for years the tests have been too inaccurate.

Doctors struggle to distinguish between aggressive and less serious tumours, making it hard to decide on treatment.

Men over 50 are eligible for a ‘PSA’ blood test which gives doctors a rough idea of whether a patient is at risk.

But it is unreliable. Patients who get a positive result are usually given a biopsy which is also not fool-proof. 

Scientists are unsure as to what causes prostate cancer, but age, obesity and a lack of exercise are known risks. 

Anyone with any concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org

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Biden under intense pressure from Democrats to drop out of presidential race

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US President Joe Biden has reportedly become more open in recent days to hearing arguments that he should end his bid for reelection. Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told Democratic colleagues that Biden could be convinced to leave the race soon. Other allies, including Barack Obama, have also voiced concerns. The New York Times reported that Biden has begun to accept the idea that he may not be able to win the Nov. 5 election and may have to drop out of the race. Biden tested positive on Wednesday for Covid-19, forcing him to cut short a campaign visit to Nevada and isolate for several days in Delaware.

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Ex-NFL star DeSean Jackson grabs new girlfriend’s butt in steamy photo from tropical vacation

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Former NFL receiver DeSean Jackson has his hands full with new flame Yahaira Sandoval – quite literally.

In a steamy photo from their tropical vacation this summer, Jackson – most famous for his five-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles – can be seen grabbing his girlfriend’s butt as they share a kiss in the sea.

Sandoval – a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who owns her own beauty bar and clothing brand – posted a series of pictures from their recent getaway on Instagram.

Jackson wrote in the comments: ‘Baddest’ along with heart and flame emojis.

According to TMZ Sports, Sandoval was romantically linked with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather a number of years ago.

Former NFL star DeSean Jackson's new girlfriend shared a steamy photo from their vacation

Former NFL star DeSean Jackson’s new girlfriend shared a steamy photo from their vacation

Jackson spent 14 years in the NFL before retiring

He is now dating Yahaira Sandoval (pictured)

Jackson, who spent 14 years in the NFL before retiring on his 37th birthday at the start of December, is currently dating Yahaira Sandoval (right)

At that time Jackson was in a relationship with ex-fiancée Kayla Phillips, whom he has two sons with. 

The wideout spent 14 years in the NFL before retiring on his 37th birthday at the start of December, having spent time in Washington, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Baltimore after his memorable spell in Philadelphia.

After leaving the Ravens back in January, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver signed a ceremonial one-day Eagles contract which allowed him to bow out from the sport on December 1 with the team that drafted him back in 2008.

However, despite spending close to a decade and a half as an NFL player, and claiming to have made over $100million in that time, Jackson revealed last year that he walked away from football unhappy with the depth of his pockets.

Sandoval posted a series of pictures from her recent getaway with Jackson on Instagram

Sandoval posted a series of pictures from her recent getaway with Jackson on Instagram

She is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who owns her own beauty bar and clothing brand

She is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who owns her own beauty bar and clothing brand

Jackson admitted last year that he is not 'satisfied' with the money he made in his NFL career

Jackson admitted last year that he is not ‘satisfied’ with the money he made in his NFL career

He said on the No Jumper podcast in December: ‘The hustler I am, I ain’t satisfied with the money I made in the NFL.

‘I would meet you today, and you wouldn’t even think I made 100 plus million in NFL. Because guess what? That money right there, that’s going to make my future be cool for my kids.

‘But right now, I still need bread, so I’m out here getting all type of stuff, going private equity, real estate… 

‘S***, f*** the NFL. That s*** was cool, but what’s next? I’m trying to go touch some Magic Johnson-type s***.’

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Mourners descend on moving vigil for firefighter killed at Trump rally by shooter who tried to assassinate the former president

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Hundreds of people have gathered to watch a procession of fire trucks transporting the body of the former fire chief who was killed at Donald Trump‘s rally five days ago. 

Corey Comperatore was shot during the assassination attempt by gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, at the Butler, Pennsylvania campaign event over the weekend. 

The 50-year-old father had worked as a project and tooling engineer, was an Army reservist and spent many years as a volunteer firefighter after serving as chief, according to his obituary. 

He died a hero, spending the final moments of his life shielding his wife and daughter from the barrage of bullets as Trump was struck in the ear amid scenes which rocked American democracy to the core on Saturday evening.

Comperatore’s body was transported in a concierge of fire trucks adorned with black ribbons through his hometown of Freeport, just outside Pittsburgh, PA, on Thursday. 

Corey Comperatore's body was transported in a pof fire tadorned with black ribbons through his hometown of Freeport, just outside Pittsburgh, PA, on Thursday

Corey Comperatore’s body was transported in a procession of fire trucks adorned with black ribbons through his hometown of Freeport, just outside Pittsburgh, PA, on Thursday

Corey Comperatore was shot during the Trump assassination attempt by gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks , 20, at the Butler, Pennsylvania campaign event over the weekend

Corey Comperatore was shot during the Trump assassination attempt by gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks , 20, at the Butler, Pennsylvania campaign event over the weekend

Dan Beazley unloads a cross near a line of guests at a visitation for Corey Comperatore at Laube Hall, Thursday, July 18,2024, in Freeport, Pa

Dan Beazley unloads a cross near a line of guests at a visitation for Corey Comperatore at Laube Hall, Thursday, July 18,2024, in Freeport, Pa

Friends and neighbors had lined the grass beside the country road with knee-high American flags in his honor.  

The Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department drove the vehicles somberly in formation to Laube Hall, where a private service will be held on Friday – only around 20 miles from where the Trump rally took place. 

In the five days since the horror unfolded, friends and strangers have donated $1.2 million to a fundraiser supporting Comperatore’s widow, Helen, and daughter, Allyson. 

Helen Comperatore received a call from Trump in the days after the devastating loss of her husband – and she was offered a call from Joe Biden too but refused it. 

Writing on Facebook after her call with Trump, she said: ‘He was very kind and said he would continue to call me in the days and weeks ahead.

‘I told him the same thing I told everyone else. He left this world a hero and God welcomed him in. He did not die in vain that day.’ 

‘I don’t talk to Biden,’ she later told the New York Post. ‘I didn’t want to talk to him. 

‘My husband was a devout Republican and he would not have wanted me to talk to him.’

A person arrives to a visitation for Corey Comperatore at Laube Hall, Thursday, July 18,2024, in Freeport, Pa

A person arrives to a visitation for Corey Comperatore at Laube Hall, Thursday, July 18,2024, in Freeport, Pa

Vehicles are parked at a visitation for Corey Comperatore at Laube Hall, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Freeport, Pa

Vehicles are parked at a visitation for Corey Comperatore at Laube Hall, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Freeport, Pa

A memorial for Corey Comperatore is seen on a billboard at the Penn Theater in Butler, PA., Thursday, July 18, 2024

A memorial for Corey Comperatore is seen on a billboard at the Penn Theater in Butler, PA., Thursday, July 18, 2024

She added that she has no ‘ill-will’ towards the president. ‘I’m not one of those people that gets involved in politics,’ she said. 

‘I support Trump, that’s who I’m voting for, but I don’t have any ill-will towards Biden. He didn’t do anything to my husband, a 20-year-old despicable kid did.’

Helen said she and her husband, who were high school sweethearts, were on the verge of celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary when they headed to Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

‘Me and the kids were all there as a family,’ she said. ‘He was just excited. It was going to be a nice day with the family.’

Comperatore’s funeral is scheduled for Friday, according to local reports. 

Hundreds of people also attended a candle-lit vigil the night before in Freeport. 

Commercial buildings in the town have been decorated with messages of support for those who knew Comperatore, and American flags have been raised in his honor. 

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How the FBI identified Trump shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks within hours – and how they could do the same for YOU

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Experts are sounding the alarm about techniques used to identify the assassin who tried to kill Donald Trump, saying the methods raise grave concerns about privacy.

The gunman, ‘loner’ Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, was not carrying an ID, had no criminal record, nearly zero digital footprint and no friends, forcing the FBI to resort to DNA analysis to identity him.

As Kevin Rojek, the special agent-in-charge (SAIC) for the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office, told reporters just hours after the shooting on Saturday, ‘We’re trying to run his DNA and get biometric confirmation.’

While the FBI declined to answer DailyMail.com’s requests for details on how they did this DNA analysis, experts say it has often included scouring consumer genealogy databases like Ancestory.com and 23andMe — which store tens of millions of Americans’ biometric data each.

And now, newer private DNA database companies have entered the market, firms that cater explicitly to the federal government and law enforcement as their clients. 

Experts are sounding the alarm about techniques used to identify the assassin who tried to kill Donald Trump, saying the methods raise grave concerns about privacy. Above, Secret Service agents flank former President Trump after the assassination attempt in Pennsylvania, Saturday

Experts are sounding the alarm about techniques used to identify the assassin who tried to kill Donald Trump, saying the methods raise grave concerns about privacy. Above, Secret Service agents flank former President Trump after the assassination attempt in Pennsylvania, Saturday

Above, law enforcement stands over the body of shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, on the roof of an industrial building after his assassination attempt. Crooks was not carrying an ID and had nearly zero digital footprint forcing the FBI to resort to DNA analysis to confirm his identity

Above, law enforcement stands over the body of shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, on the roof of an industrial building after his assassination attempt. Crooks was not carrying an ID and had nearly zero digital footprint forcing the FBI to resort to DNA analysis to confirm his identity

SAIC Rojek added that the Bureau was also ‘looking at photographs’ to help ID the shooter, part of a multi-agency effort to put a name to the dead would-be assassin. 

As experts told the DailyMail.com, a state-level facial recognition database held by Pennsylvania’s Department of Motor Vehicles, fingerprints held as part routine criminal background checks by Crooks’ employers and other government registries — while unnamed by the FBI — likely also played a role. 

One parallel effort conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ‘completed an urgent trace’ that ultimately led to the ‘business records from a closed gun dealer,’ according to an ATF statement.

That effort, a frantic, manual search through the closed gun shop’s paper records, helped trace the rifle to the Crooks’ father, according to a report by CNN.

‘Results were provided to the FBI and Secret Service in less than 30 minutes that helped identify the shooter,’ ATF reported a day after the FBI’s DNA announcement. 

Civil liberties advocates, however, noted that the increasing reliance on DNA databases by police not only raises privacy concerns, but the tactics have also led to false identifications and wrongful arrests, court records show. 

An attorney who overturned one such case told DailyMail.com that these sprawling DNA databases can lead to misidentifications because today’s crime scene forensics can recover DNA from extremely small and too often unrelated human debris.

As Kevin Rojek, the special agent-in-charge (SAIC) for the FBI's Pittsburgh field office, told reporters just hours after the shooting on Saturday, 'We're trying to run his DNA and get biometric confirmation.' Above, local a bomb squad vehicle parked outside the shooter's home

As Kevin Rojek, the special agent-in-charge (SAIC) for the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office, told reporters just hours after the shooting on Saturday, ‘We’re trying to run his DNA and get biometric confirmation.’ Above, local a bomb squad vehicle parked outside the shooter’s home

Civil liberties advocates, however, noted that the increasing reliance on DNA databases by police not only raises privacy concerns - but the tactics have also led to false identifications and wrongful arrests, as court records show. Above, the home of Trump shooter and his family

Civil liberties advocates, however, noted that the increasing reliance on DNA databases by police not only raises privacy concerns – but the tactics have also led to false identifications and wrongful arrests, as court records show. Above, the home of Trump shooter and his family

‘Our technology for collecting DNA is so sensitive now,’ attorney Jennifer Lynch explained. ‘You can just swab something somebody has touched and get their DNA.’

‘The risk is we shed DNA at different rates and DNA gets transferred from one surface to another,’ she continued. ‘That’s how somebody could be misidentified for a crime.’

Despite the fact that the FBI accomplished its ‘biometric confirmation’ of Trump’s shooter Crooks in less than 24 hours, further details have yet to be made public. 

But Lynch, who works as general counsel for the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has spent over a decade tracking the federal government’s increasing reliance on vast genetic databases to track US citizens.

This ‘scary surveillance and technology,’ as Lynch told DailyMail.com, includes law enforcement contracts with private firms, like Verogen, Inc., who have amassed their DNA databases explicitly for ‘forensic customers’ and ‘criminal casework.’

In fact, Verogen has let police access personal genetic data that its ordinary genealogy database users had submitted as private, so long as they had a warrant. 

Attorney Jennifer Lynch told DailyMail.com that sprawling DNA databases can lead to false identifications because today's crime scene forensics can recover DNA from very small and potentially unrelated human debris: 'Our technology for collecting DNA is so sensitive now'

Attorney Jennifer Lynch told DailyMail.com that sprawling DNA databases can lead to false identifications because today’s crime scene forensics can recover DNA from very small and potentially unrelated human debris: ‘Our technology for collecting DNA is so sensitive now’

The FBI's 'biometric confirmation' of Trump's shooter took less than 24 hours. Above, a woman walks by a poster depicting Crooks from his high school yearbook photo (above), on Water street during the third day of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee

The FBI’s ‘biometric confirmation’ of Trump’s shooter took less than 24 hours. Above, a woman walks by a poster depicting Crooks from his high school yearbook photo (above), on Water street during the third day of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee

Prior to the entry of firms like Verogen, law enforcement had garnered success closing ‘cold case’ murders by anonymously uploading the DNA of their suspects into consumer genealogy databases like Ancestory.com and 23andMe.

As of March 2024, Ancestry.com’s database houses DNA from over 25 million people and 23andMe’s database stores genetic markers for over 14 million, according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

The tactic led California police to finally capture the infamous Golden State Killer in 2018, but has also led to several false identifications and embarrassing dead ends. 

In one case, German detectives believed they were on the trail of a serial killer they called ‘the Phantom of Heilbronn’ — only to discover their suspect’s DNA belonged, in reality, to a Polish factory worker who had contaminated all their DNA kit swabs.

In another, DNA evidence led police to suspect that a Yale graduate student had been murdered by a convicted felon, who had died two years before the crime.

While the Bureau declined to answer DailyMail.com's requests for details on this DNA analysis, past use of both government-held and privately owned DNA databases have led to false identifications and wrongful arrests, court records show. 'That is not unusual at all,' Lynch said

While the Bureau declined to answer DailyMail.com’s requests for details on this DNA analysis, past use of both government-held and privately owned DNA databases have led to false identifications and wrongful arrests, court records show. ‘That is not unusual at all,’ Lynch said

Above, officers stand guard in Bethel Park as cops search an address registered to Crooks

Above, officers stand guard in Bethel Park as cops search an address registered to Crooks

GEDmatch — a genetic genealogy company that had already gained notoriety for sharing its customers’ DNA data with police — was troublingly purchased by government contractor Verogen over five years ago, Lynch noted. 

Verogen ‘basically designs technologies for law enforcement,’ she said, and its new ownership of GEDmatch has given the company ownership of a database with DNA profiles on over 2 million people. 

That commercial venture has now been augmented by a partnership with FamilyTreeDNA, which has its own DNA database of over 1.6 million people.

‘Law enforcement has used pseudonyms to upload DNA,’ Lynch told DailyMail.com.

‘Now, for providers like GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA, it’s in their business model to allow law enforcement access.’

‘After GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA announced a partnership,’ Lynch said, paraphrasing her 2023 own report. ‘One thing they said in their press statement was that using our services, law enforcement can identify even more people.’  

Above, a Bethel Park police officer at the home of deceased Trump shooter, Crooks, named by the FBI as the 'subject involved' in the attempted assassination

Above, a Bethel Park police officer at the home of deceased Trump shooter, Crooks, named by the FBI as the ‘subject involved’ in the attempted assassination

Researchers at Georgetown Law reported that the US Department of Homeland Security 'misleads and intimidates people to collect their DNA.' Said Lynch: 'It's definitely being aggressively done.' The program began under Trump (above) but continued under Biden

Researchers at Georgetown Law reported that the US Department of Homeland Security ‘misleads and intimidates people to collect their DNA.’ Said Lynch: ‘It’s definitely being aggressively done.’ The program began under Trump (above) but continued under Biden

The EFF lawyer noted that the police have increasingly turned to these new contractual relationships to track US citizens who who are not already present in the federal government’s own DNA databases.

‘There are two main kinds of databases in the US,’ Lynch explained. ‘There’s the criminal DNA databases run by the government and then there’s private or consumer DNA databases.’

These government-held databases, including the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), have exploded in size in recent years.

‘The criminal DNA databases,’ Lynch explained, ‘in general, it’s almost every person convicted of a felony in the United States and many — if not most — arrestees.’

Worse, the rules around whose DNA is stored varies widely state by state. 

Since 2009, for example, California has authorized the extraction and permanent cataloguing of DNA from even innocent people who had simply been arrested on suspicion of crimes as minor as shoplifting or bouncing a bad check. 

‘In California,’ as the American Civil Liberties Union noted in a their report on the issue, ’30 percent of individuals arrested for a felony are never convicted.’

According to Pennsylvania public court records, Crooks had no criminal history, leaving state and federal investigators with even less data to make a positive ID. Above, Trump pumped his fist to the crowd, as some cheered his name and chanted 'Make America Great Again'

According to Pennsylvania public court records, Crooks had no criminal history, leaving state and federal investigators with even less data to make a positive ID. Above, Trump pumped his fist to the crowd, as some cheered his name and chanted ‘Make America Great Again’

‘The low level of proof required to make an arrest,’ ACLU wrote of the millions added to state databases and from there CODIS, ‘means that allowing DNA collection immediately after arrest will lead to large databases full of innocent people.’

At the local level, there are criminal DNA databases that may collect DNA from people who have been arrested for a misdemeanor,’ Lynch added. 

Innocent people who were never arrested, but the victims of a crime can become tracked and catalogued too, she noted, like ‘a rape survivor’ who ‘may have provided their DNA to the cops.’

Of particular concern, as Lynch has litigated successfully in court, are the proven cases in which DNA evidence at a crime scene has falsely identified a suspect.

This issue has been more common as more sensitive DNA techniques have allowed forensic investigators to extract a DNA sample from even smaller and more trace amounts of biological than ever before.

Lynch cited the case of a San Jose, California man, who spent five months in jail falsely accused of murder charges, after a database found his DNA at the scene of a brutal home invasion in Santa Clara County.

‘Finally his public defender realized that there’s no way he could have committed the murder,’ Lynch said, ‘because he was highly intoxicated that night and had been taken to a local medical facility.’ 

‘So what they ultimately think happened is that the paramedic that took him to the medical facility was the same person who later was called to the scene of the murder and [accidentally] transferred the suspect’s DNA to the murder victim.’

‘That is not unusual at all, unfortunately,’ Lynch said.

Crooks had shot at Trump with an AR-style rifle that his father had purchased legally - which, along with the address on the registration for the shooter's vehicle, may have led to a direct DNA match at the Crooks home, Lynch noted. Above the roof Crooks used as his sniper's nest

Crooks had shot at Trump with an AR-style rifle that his father had purchased legally – which, along with the address on the registration for the shooter’s vehicle, may have led to a direct DNA match at the Crooks home, Lynch noted. Above the roof Crooks used as his sniper’s nest

The head of the FBI’s Pittsburgh office, Rojek, told reporters the FBI had not found a motive for what he described as ‘an assassination attempt on our former president.’ 

Rojek also noted that law enforcement was looking ‘very intently’ to see if Crooks had been on their radar before the shooting. 

According to Pennsylvania public court records, Crooks had no criminal history — leaving state and federal investigators with even less data to make a positive ID.

Lynch suspects that less glamorous and less impressive methods than a sprawling DNA database may have played the decisive role in identifying Crooks.

‘Pennsylvania has face recognition for their driver’s license database,’ Lynch told DailyMail.com, ‘most driver’s license databases do.’ 

‘So perhaps, police could run a photograph of the guy against the driver’s license database and identify him,’ she speculated, though she noted other options existed.

Crooks was employed as a dietary aide at the Bethel Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, where his boss told reporters he had passed a background check.

‘Thomas Matthew Crooks performed his job without concern and his background check was clean,’ the nursing home’s administrator, Marcie Grimm, said in a statement. ‘We are shocked and saddened to learn of his involvement.’

According to Lynch, the background check would have included routine fingerprinting that could have helped match prints on the rifle Crooks used to fire at Trump.

‘A lot of people have fingerprints in databases that are accessible to the government,’ she noted. ‘It’s kind of like an unsexy way to identify people.’ 

Additionally, Crooks had shot at Trump, damaging his ear, with an AR-style rifle that his father had purchased legally — which, along with the address on the registration for the shooter’s vehicle, may have led to a direct DNA match at the Crooks home.

Lynch opined that the FBI’s reference to running the suspects ‘DNA’ might have been part of a Bureau effort to appear like all-seeing, omniscient crime-stoppers: ‘Sometimes I worry that law enforcement is just trying to scare us,’ she said.

‘And there’s certainly a lot of scary surveillance and technology out there,’ she added, ‘and ways for the police to identify us.’

Trump had blood streaming down his cheeks as Secret Service agents put him to the floor

Trump had blood streaming down his cheeks as Secret Service agents put him to the floor 

This May, researchers at Georgetown Law reported that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ‘misleads and intimidates people to collect their DNA.’ 

DHS via its customs and border patrol agents have, in fact, spent years genetically cataloging immigrants and refugees held within US detention centers.

According to the US Government Accountability Office, the program has fed ‘nearly 1 million DNA samples’ into the FBI’s CODIS database between 2020 and 2022. 

‘It’s definitely being aggressively done,’ Lynch said. ‘But it’s not quite as coordinated yet […] It’s not like we have a database of all refugees and asylum-seekers’ DNA.’

She outlined one, not uncommon scenario, for how these DNA databases can be unintentionally misused: ‘The risk is that I could handle a knife and hand it to you, and then you hand it to another person. And you’re the one who commits the crime with it before you hand off the knife.’ 

‘It could be that none of your DNA is on that knife,’ Lynch said, ‘but all of mine is.’ 

‘There’s lots of examples of that,’ she said.

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