(FOX 2) – A 34-year-old man was shot at a gas station in the east in Detroit in November and the police say that facial recognition technology helped them identify the shooter.
They cleared a clear picture from a surveillance video and ran it through their face recognition software and met them well. Police say this is something that can help crack cases but the tech is not the end of all, being all, in any investigation.
"Using this technology we cannot capture one face recognition game," said Detroit Police Police Chief Executive James Craig.
Craig sought to clarify confusion regarding the use of facial recognition technology during a meeting of police commissioners on Thursday. The high technology is in Detroit since 2017 when the city spent a million dollars on software from Dataworks Plus.
However, DPD is seeking to secure its use by setting a policy and getting permission from the board on how it will be used. It is unclear why DPD is now seeking authorization.
Question: "Why a year and a half later?"
"As we want to formulate a policy," Craig said. "We …"
Question: "Why hasn't it happened before?"
"It didn't happen," said Craig.
Detroiters' main concerns were whether technology could be used in live video formats such as Project Green Light and the lack of reliability of high tech color people. A crucial issue considering Detroit is the largest, largest, black city in America.
The Chief Craig says the high technology has been used about 500 times before.
"Thirty per cent of the 500 hours we have done this, have moved on to the next level in the investigation," Craig said. "Only 30 percent. And there was no mismatch there."
In a letter to the residents, Mayor Mike Duggan announced that he was opposed to the use of technology for surveillance, but made clear the support he gives to how DPD says he would use the technology. software, still capturing images from a surveillance video and comparing it with matching bags in their records, or a database maintained by state police.
"Every single digital ID built in the state of Michigan – since 1998 – has been sent to Michigan State Police for its database," said Tawana Petty, Detroit Community Technology Program. "They have been in use since 2001, it has been in use for two years. No one told the public."
Petty's Community Technology Program Detroit Voice is an opposition to facial recognition technology and offers DPD questions on issues that will not be used in live-streamed or real-time situations.
"Their contract with Dataworks clearly states that real-time mobile identity recognition technology recognizes unlimited mobile," she said. "They still didn't answer the question about how they are using mobile devices with this technology."
Last week Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was arrested during a heated meeting where facial recognition technology was very significant. There shall be no charges. Burton left Thursday's meeting early saying he was not feeling good.
Later, during the public commentary, Detroiters attracted the high-tech. A retired cop says Detroit has a face recognition program for many years – its citizens.
"Every time you have an interest or a suspect, you put that image or picture out on it or 11:00 and people recognize that person," said Reginald Burton. "This is called community policing."
Two police commissioners were able to get a close look at the software and software. More commissioners can do so in the coming days and the board could vote on this in a few weeks. Meanwhile, legislation is moving through Lansing which would prevent law enforcement from the use of facial recognition technology. "
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