Controversial Detroit facial recognition program prompts public meeting


As Detroit police advance the use of controversial facial recognition technology, citizens can make their opinions on surveillance heard at a police meeting Thursday.

The Detroit Police Commissioners Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church to lead a community discussion on the technology.

“21st century policing was supposed to be the blueprint to help communities and law enforcement agencies across the country to strengthen trust and collaboration while continuing to reduce crime,” a flyer for the discussion reads. “But in 2019, is 21st century policing becoming the end to personal privacy?”

Detroit is one of two cities, including Chicago, to invest in facial recognition technology for policing purposes, according to a May report from Georgetown University.

Last month, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban its government from using facial recognition technology.

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