Not the first time, and certainly not the last:
CSO Online: Cops go into funeral home, attempt to unlock phone with dead man’s fingerprint by Ms. Smith:
Even if the cops can’t be legally accused of violating a dead man’s Fourth Amendment rights, Victoria Armstrong, Phillip’s fiancé, was at the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater when the two detectives showed up and attempted to use his corpse to unlock his phone.
Maybe Florida cops wanted to avoid spending money on the likes of GrayKey or Cellebrite to unlock an iPhone, or maybe Largo detectives just saw nothing wrong with going into a funeral home and pressing a deceased man’s finger against his iPhone’s fingerprint sensor. The man had been shot and killed by a Largo cop during a traffic stop. The attorney for the man’s family claims that what the detectives did was illegal, yet others claim it was legal but ethically wrong.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Largo Police Lt. Randall Chaney said it was “an unsuccessful attempt to access and preserve data on the phone to aid in the investigation” into Linus F. Phillip’s “death and a separate inquiry into drugs that involved Phillip.”
Since this first appeared online, it’s been reported about 15 other places.