The Fourth Amendment requires individualized suspicion for search, seizure, and arrest. However, law enforcement agencies throughout the US routinely stop, search, and harass people based on their race, religion or other personal characteristic. Stop-and-frisks and “driving while black” are infamous for unjustly targeting African Americans; “show me your papers” immigration enforcement laws overtly target Latinos; and airport security and counterterrorism officers routinely single out Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent.
Report: Law Enforcement Face Recognition is Unregulated and In Many Instances Out Of Control. But Here’s What You Can Do About It.
Math isn’t colorblind and algorithms don’t care about free speech, but police and the FBI are treating face recognition technology as if it is divorced from the realities of centuries of repressive policing.
Community leaders should press state and local agencies, and the FBI, to be fully transparent about how they use face recognition; if those agencies refuse, advocates should use state and federal Freedom of Information laws to take them to court. Advocates should also press city councils, state legislatures, and law enforcement for laws and use manuals that protect individual liberties and civil rights.
The candidates took up “stop and frisk,” the terror watch list (“no fly, no buy”), racism, and Islamophobia.
Last year, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a civil liberties resolution that was supposed to prevent the kind of police encounter that ended Keith Lamont Scott’s life. It was supposed to ensure that there are no “footnotes or asterisks” to the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance “with liberty and justice for all.”
An audit by the Inspector General shows that 79% of LAPD Suspicious Activity Reports were written on non-whites