According to the Detroit News, on Monday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) visited Detroit’s “Real-Time Crime” center, which uses cameras and computer software equipped with facial recognition technology placed on traffic lights, businesses and streets around the city. Tlaib was invited to tour the facility after she discovered that the city she represents was using the notoriously unreliable technology and tweeted that Detroit “should probably rethink this whole facial recognition bulls**t,” the Hill reports.
During her tour in Detroit’s Real-Time Crime center, Tlaib said:
“Analysts need to be African Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib told Craig. “I think non-African Americans think African Americans all look the same.
“I’ve seen it even on the House floor: People calling Elijah Cummings ‘John Lewis,’ and John Lewis ‘Elijah Cummings,’ and they’re totally different people,” Tlaib said, referring to the two longtime Democratic congressmen. “I see it all the time.”
It’s insulting,” said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. “We have a diverse group of crime analysts, and what she said—that non-whites should not work in that capacity because they think all black people look alike—is a slap in the face to all the men and women in the crime center.”
Rep. @RashidaTlaib said facial recognition techs need to be African-American because "non-African Americans" think all black people look alike.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 3, 2019