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Lawsuit filed over Phoenix police officer's death

PHOENIX -- A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Phoenix police officers who were forced to give DNA samples during the investigation into the mysterious death of a fellow officer.

Judicial Watch announced the filing of its civil rights lawsuit Monday. It alleges that police department management forced the officers to surrender their DNA in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.

Officers Daniel Bill, Bryan Hanania, and Michael Malpass were among the first responders to the call the night Sgt. Sean Drenth was found fatally wounded near the state Capitol on Oct. 18, 2010.

Medical investigators ruled last year that Drenth's death was believed to be a suicide.

Judicial Watch said the officers never came in contact with Drenth's body, the shotgun or his handgun and should not have been forced to provide DNA.

The police department declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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