Here's What It's Like To Be Falsely Arrested via Facial Recognition

About Face Imagine you’re in Porcha Woodruff’s shoes back in February — heavily pregnant, getting two kids ready for school in the morning, when suddenly: Detroit police show up at your door, and arrest you for robbery and carjacking. The problem? Woodruff never committed those crimes. She was falsely identified by facial recognition software. It all prompts the usual big questions about the limits of technology interceding with civil rights, and the ages-old philosophical dilemma of the value of justice if a single innocent person ends up wronged. And of course, after being arrested in front of her children, Woodruff spent several hours in jail suffering from contractions and dehydration. She’s now suing the city for wrongful arrest, according to The New York Times. In total, the NYT reported, Detroit’s been hit with three lawsuits on false arrests made due to AI-powered facial recognition software. Woodruff’s case is the sixth reported — all black people — to have suffered this same fate in America since the technology’s usage among law enforcement started in earnest. “Shoddy technology makes shoddy investigations, and police assurances that they will conduct serious investigations do not ring true,” American Civil Liberties Union at Michigan senior staff attorney Phil Mayor told the NYT. Shoddy Tool Woodruff’s false arrest followed a man reporting to Detroit police that he’d been robbed at gunpoint at a gas station, according to court documents. Police found camera surveillance footage of a woman connected to the incident and ran this person’s face through a facial recognition…Here's What It's Like To Be Falsely Arrested via Facial Recognition

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