DETROIT COPS ARREST THEIR OWN POLICE COMMISSIONER AT HEATED MEETING OVER FACIAL RECOGNITION (VIDEO) | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

DETROIT COPS ARREST THEIR OWN POLICE COMMISSIONER AT HEATED MEETING OVER FACIAL RECOGNITION (VIDEO)

SOURCE: RT

A police board meeting escalated when Detroit cops tackled a police commissioner to the ground and arrested him at a heated hearing where protesters demonstrated against the city’s controversial facial recognition scheme.
Commissioner Willie Burton was annoyed that the Board of Police Commissioners had held secret, closed door meetings that he and the public were not allowed to attend during which an expansion of the facial recognition scheme was planned, Metro Times reports.

“If you throw me out of this office that I am duly elected to, this disenfranchises 100,000 votes that I represent in the 5th District,” Burton shouted as he was surrounded by three officers. “You must throw us all out!”He attempted to call out the board on the issue at Thursday’s meeting, but was told to be quiet by board chair Lisa Carter, who objected to him speaking for longer than his allotted time, and then asked that he be removed.

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I would like to politely remind both Detroit Police and their City Council, that "1984" was a cautionary tale; not a "how-to" manual.

And the real problem with facial recognition, is how frequently these systems are dead-wrong; here are a couple of articles I really wish the City of Detroit, and its chief of police, had the opportunity to read:

Why Is Facial Recognition Important? 3 Signs It's Too Big to Ignore Any Longer;it's the Wild Wild West out there."

Use of facial recognition tech 'dangerously irresponsible'


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Facial recognition will soon be everywhere. Are we prepared?

The growing backlash against facial recognition tech

OK: I get that there is a lot of crime in Detroit.

So what causes high incidents of crime?!?

In my world, there are a lot of reasons for it, starting with grinding poverty, generally caused by educational systems which don't get students prepared for the real jobs which will be left after they graduate school; and the horrific combination of drugs, drug selling and addiction. And then, in some schools, there is nearly a school to prison pipeline, for kids who, for whatever reason, are seen as "acting out."

This is further exacerbated by parents who don't (or won't) give their kids love and structure; this is the kind of thing which makes a real difference in a kid's life, and particularly during their teen years.

I know that I was enormously lucky, to have been mentored by an incredible theatre teacher, Dr. Jack Vaughn, who knew I was a composer, long before I had any idea that I could do this.

But it has to be all parts of a kid's community, educationally and socially, working together (and yes, faith communities, that also means you!) to create an environment that produces people who can work intelligently at high-tech jobs; are numerate; literate; and who understand the crucial importance of critical thinking.

Without this, there will be no end to the cycle of failed human beings who turn to crime, because they know of no other way to stay alive; and that is going to negatively impact all of us.

If you have never seen the film, "Elysium", starring Jodie Foster, you need to find it, and watch it; the writer of the film paints an ugly, and and darkly dystopian future, with the elite and monied have everything they want, but the rest of the people are sick, starving, and tortured to do the "grunt work" which keeps their Elysium alive.

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