Police tried to unlock phone with dead man’s finger Posted on April 23, 2018 by Andrew Findley Investigators in Largo, Florida tried to unlock the phone of a man shot and killed by police by pressing the dead man’s finger against the phone’s fingerprint reader, according to the ABA Journal. But should the police have sought a warrant first? Experts interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times said what police did might not seem appropriate, but it was probably legal. The reason? Dead people don’t have an expectation of privacy. Largo police shot and killed Linus Phillip on March 23 after he attempted to drive off before being searched. Investigators say they wanted information on Phillip’s phone as part of their investigation into his death, as well as for a separate drug investigation.