New York City says it will reassess police use of facial recognition

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“Those standards need to be reassessed,” the mayor went on to say. “That’s something I will do with my team and the NYPD.”

The question came after NYPD admitted it had used facial recognition to investigate activist Derrick Ingram. Ingram had allegedly used a bullhorn during a June protest to shout into an officer’s ear. Police attempted to arrest Ingram during a failed raid. An image from the incident shows an officer holding a report from the NYPD’s Facial Identification Section, with an Instagram photo of Ingram attached. 

New York’s decision to reevaluate its use of facial recognition comes as cities across the US grapple with whether to limit the controversial technology. In June, Boston became the second city in the US to ban its local police force from using the tool. The decision came at around the same time that police wrongfully arrested a Black man in Detroit after using facial recognition software to carry out an identification. According to the ACLU, the incident was the first known wrongful arrest in the US due to misuse of the technology. 

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