Police Target People Who Avoid Facial Recognition Cameras

Metropolitan Police in the UK said people who didn’t want to be scanned would “not necessarily be viewed as suspicious” and then they quickly fined a guy when he didn’t want his face scanned. After refusing to be scanned by facial recognition cameras being trialled by police in the UK, the man was followed, accosted and fined by police.

The force had put out a statement saying “anyone who declines to be scanned will not necessarily be viewed as suspicious.” However, witnesses said people were stopped when they would cover their faces or pull up their hoods. Eight people were arrested during the eight-hour trial of the new technology.

Four teenagers were arrested, including a 15-year-old boy identified by the cameras on suspicion of robbery, but was released with no further action. A 17-year-old boy accused of firing a gun and two other teenage boys accused of robbery were also arrested. Four other men were arrested for drug possession, false imprisonment and a breach of a court order.

The deployment trial of facial recognition cameras was scheduled to continue for a week, but rescheduled because of weather causing “low footfall.”

Monitors of the dystopian program saw several people being arbitrarily stopped by police, including a student who had pulled his hood up over his head. Activists from a human rights group said they spoke to a youth who was stopped because he “looked like someone,” but had been misidentified.



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