CHICAGO (CBS) — They’re watching you in a whole new way, with controversial new facial recognition software used by Chicago Police.
CBS 2’s Tara Molina is Always Investigating and she found that while this software is new to the city, the practice isn’t.
The department has used some form of facial recognition tech since at least 2013. They say it’s used within the law, and never used alone to make an arrest, but there are still privacy concerns.
The technology is called Clearview Ai.
The controversial new facial recognition software relies on billions of photos scraped from social media and websites.
These are photos the company grabs without permission.
Google, YouTube, Venmo and LinkedIn have all sent cease-and-desist letters to Clearview Ai, according to CBS News.
A lawsuit trying to stop the company’s collection process was just filed in federal court here in Chicago last month.
But it hasn’t stopped the city from getting involved. Their database allows investigators to match images of unknown suspects in just seconds. And on the first of the year, those matches started happening in Chicago.
“We strictly use these processes to solve crimes that have been reported, where we have evidence that gives us a person’s face, but not identity,” said Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck.
CPD signed a 24-month pilot agreement on Jan. 1 for just under $50,000.
According to CPD, only 30 members have access to the software, each with a unique login. And they say it’s not used as live surveillance but only in criminal investigations.
Police didn’t give us an example of how they’re using it right now.
Instead, they showed us a match-up, from another facial recognition program they use.
Surveillance images of a suspect in public indecency and aggravated robbery case, matched mug shots. He was ultimately convicted.
IIT Professor Jeremy Hajek said, “The law has not caught up.”
Critics call it an invasion of privacy and hints of racial bias. However, until laws change Hajek says, “There’s nothing that’s right or wrong, it’s too new. Some people will take advantage of something and use it.”
Chicago Police Department’s facial recognition technology didn’t get approval from the City Council. They didn’t need it and there have been no public hearings on its use.
“The Chicago Police Department (CPD) does not have or utilize any Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) or software, which uses dynamic algorithms in video technology to identify individuals in a live or realtime environment. The CPD uses a facial matching tool to sort through its mugshot database and public source information in the course of an investigation triggered by an incident or crime, allowing the Department to speed up the sorting of thousands of mugshot photos when there is a possible comparator image. Live FRT is very different from the facial matching tool used by the CPD.
“CPD is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our communities in a constitutional way that respects privacy. Access to CPD’s facial matching tools is not shared with any other department, City agency or federal law enforcement agency, and it is reserved only in key situations, for properly trained and authorized personnel, once photo evidence of a crime has emerged.
“As new technology emerges, we will continue to engage with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that we only use tools that meet constitutional and privacy norms.”
Mayor Lightfoot statement:
“We have been assured repeatedly by the Chicago Police Department and the relevant vendors that the Department does not utilize any live Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) or software, which uses dynamic algorithms in video technology to identify individuals in a live or real-time environment. The CPD uses a facial matching tool to sort through its mugshot database and public source information in the course of an investigation triggered by an incident or crime, allowing the Department to speed up the sorting of thousands of mugshot photos when there is a possible comparator image.
“From early on in our administration, we have conferred with a range of stakeholders. We will now formalize those discussions through the creation of a working group consisting of public safety leaders, privacy advocates and other stakeholders to conduct an immediate review of the City’s current use of this technology.”
“Facial recognition technology is prone to inaccuracy, racially discriminatory, and a threat to privacy and First Amendment rights. The Chicago Police Department must stop using it immediately. CPD has used facial recognition technology since at least 2013, without any public notice or debate, and without any public policies or guidelines for its use. We need to stop acquiring and using this invasive technology in the shadows, and engage the public in a debate about how much surveillance is necessary in the City of Chicago.”
Suspect Who Shot 2 Louisville Cops During Breonna Taylor Protests Identified
Officials with the Louisville Metro Cops Division have actually recognized the man captive that they say shot and injured 2 law enforcement officers Wednesday evening (Sep. 23) amid objections in the city.
Larynzo Johnson, 26, was apprehended at 8: 40 p.m., according to his citation, which mentioned he would certainly face numerous costs of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment.
LMPD acting Principal Ronert Schroeder stated Thursday that the suspect will certainly be billed with 2 counts of attack and 14 counts of wanton endangerment, “all guided versus law enforcement officer.”
Johnson is implicated of shooting two LMPD officers around 8: 30 p.m. Wednesday evening, as demonstrations continued across the city in the after-effects of the announcement that simply among the three police officers who terminated their weapons the evening Breonna Taylor was killed would certainly encounter costs.
Johnson’s apprehension citation, offered by the workplace of the Jefferson Area Circuit Notary, said the suspect’s actions “revealed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” and also put policemans at the scene at risk of death or serious injury.
The citation said LMPD officers were reacting to a big crowd at Broadway as well as Creek Street in downtown Louisville that had actually established fires and would certainly not spread after being warned.
Johnson was amongst the group and “deliberately utilized a handgun to fire numerous bullets at officers. Two police officers with LMPD were struck by the bullets causing serious physical injury.”
Witnesses determined him as firing the gun and afterwards ranging from the scene, the citation states, and he was in belongings of a handgun when he was restrained.
Footage reviewed by LMPD policemans, according to the citation, showed him shooting the tool, as well as a National Integrated Ballistic Details Network examiner was exploring an association between the firearm recuperated as well as covering housings recouped from the scene.
” There is a high chance that a tiny contrast, by a guns inspector, will confirm the organization in between the gun’s ballistic proof,” the citation from the detaining officer states.
Johnson’s document shows no previous arrests for terrible criminal activities or felony sentences. His address on the apprehension citation listed no residence address but “CAL,” meaning city at big.
One Facebook Live video taken at the time of the shooting by a person in the group shows up to show a guy in a various colored hooded sweatshirt shooting a handgun at a team of officers. A male was nabbed putting on a t shirt that appeared to match that summary.
The two police officers injured in Wednesday evening’s shooting were determined Thursday early morning as Maj. Aubrey Gregory and Robinson Desroches, an officer with LMPD’s 2nd Department that has been with the division considering that March 2019.
Gregory was struck in the hip and also was released from the medical facility overnight, LMPD acting Principal Robert Schroeder said, while Desroches undertook surgical treatment after being hit in the abdominal area. He is also anticipated to make a complete recuperation, Schroeder stated.
” Last night’s circumstance could have been so much worse for our policemans and also for individuals that were protesting when the shooting rang out,” Schroeder stated. “… We are very fortunate these 2 officers will certainly recover.”
The night before, Schroeder described the tense scenario as “extremely significant” as he talked to press reporters in a press instruction that was broken up after just minutes.
” I am extremely concerned about the safety and security of our officers,” Schroeder said. “Clearly we’ve had actually 2 officers shot this evening, and that is extremely significant. … I assume the security of our police officers as well as the neighborhood we offer is of the utmost value.”
And also to believe … every one of this could have been avoided had they jailed the police officers that killed Breonna Taylor.
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