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Man Sues Detroit Police for Arrest After Faulty Face Recognition

April 13, 2021, 4:53 PM

A man is suing Detroit police for wrongfully arresting him based on a faulty match by facial recognition technology.

Robert Williams is seeking damages and a change in police policy to prevent more arrests like his, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Williams, who’s Black, was arrested at his home in January 2020 after Detroit police ran a surveillance camera image of an alleged watch shoplifter through a database of driver’s license photos. Facial recognition software showed Williams as a match, and a shop security guard later picked him...

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