‘Wholly ineffective and pretty obviously racist’: Inside New Orleans’ struggle with facial-recognition policing

Posted on AllSides October 31st, 2023
From The Left
Technology, Facial Recognition, Race and Racism, Louisiana
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In the summer of 2022, with a spike in violent crime hitting New Orleans, the city council voted to allow police to use facial-recognition software to track down suspects — a technology that the mayor, police and businesses supported as an effective, fair tool for identifying criminals quickly.

A year after the system went online, data show that the results have been almost exactly the opposite.

Records obtained and analyzed by POLITICO show that computer facial recognition in New Orleans has low effectiveness, is rarely associated with arrests and is...

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