The Los Angeles Police Commission approved a policy Tuesday that set new parameters on the LAPD’s use of facial recognition technology, but stopped far short of the outright ban sought by many city activists. It also mandates new measures for tracking the Police Department’s use of the county system and its outcomes in the crime fight. Activists said commissioners already have plenty of data showing that facial recognition software is flawed and can lead to unjust outcomes, particularly for Black and brown citizens. “They completely abdicated their responsibility as a civilian oversight body,” said Hamid Khan, with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition — a group that has long battled the department’s use of surveillance technologies and has specifically targeted its use of facial recognition. Police Chief Michel Moore said he understands the need to use facial recognition somewhat sparingly, but also sees its value as a crime-fighting tool — citing one case in which it helped detectives identify a recent homicide suspect.
Source: Los Angeles Times January 13, 2021 00:00 UTC