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A Black Mother Is Suing After She Was Wrongfully Arrested Due to Faulty Facial Recognition ID

HeadlineAug 07, 2023

A woman is suing the city of Detroit after she was wrongfully arrested for robbery and carjacking over faulty facial recognition technology. Porcha Woodruff was eight months pregnant and getting her two children ready for school when six police officers showed up at her home in February to take her into custody. Woodruff was detained and questioned for at least 11 hours before being charged and released on a $100,000 bond. She says she started having contractions in jail and had to be taken to the hospital after her release due to dehydration. The case was dropped a month later.

Woodruff is the first woman known to be falsely identified as a criminal suspect due to facial recognition technology. At least five other people have also been wrongfully arrested due to the technology — all of them Black. Activists have long warned facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence would exacerbate racial inequity in policing, disproportionately impacting Black people.

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