New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says authorities will reassess the NYPD's use of facial recognition technology after police used it to investigate a Black Lives Matter activist. Derrick Ingram, who turned himself in to police on Aug. 8, faces a misdemeanor assault charge after police claim he shouted into an officer’s ear during a June protest.
- On Monday, de Blasio said the city needs to be careful and limit its use of facial recognition. The standards of how it's used "need to be reassessed," he said.
- On Aug. 7, dozens of officers in riot gear conducted an hours-long raid of Ingram’s apartment in Hell's Kitchen. In a video, an officer can be seen holding a report from the NYPD's Facial Identification Section.
- The department later confirmed that it used AI facial recognition in its investigation of Ingram, 28, the co-founder of activist group Warriors in the Garden. The city uses technology from Clearview AI.
- The NYPD says it uses facial recognition as a "limited investigative tool" and has never arrested someone solely because of the technology.
- Amid ongoing protests against police, de Blasio signed the Police Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last month that forces the NYPD to share more about its surveillance abilities.
- Facial recognition technology used by Detroit police has falsely linked at least two men to crimes they didn't commit.
- Michael Oliver, who is Black, was improperly flagged and later charged as a suspect in a phone-damaging incident, despite no resemblance to the perpetrator.
- This comes after police wrongfully arrested Robert Julian-Borchak Williams, who also is Black, after a face recognition service falsely matched him to a shoplifter.