Artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition technology led to the wrongful arrest of an eight-month pregnant woman, a lawsuit states, Fox News reports.
Police officers arrested Porcha Woodruff, a mother of three from Detroit, for a “violent carjacking.”
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“I have a warrant for your arrest, step outside,” one of the officers reportedly told Woodruff.
She initially thought it was a joke.
Fox News reports:
Officers told her she was being arrested for robbery and carjacking.
“Are you kidding, carjacking? Do you see that I am eight months pregnant?” she responded before she was cuffed.
Woodruff, 32, who was living with her fiancé and two kids, was implicated as a suspect through a photo lineup shown to the victim “following an unreliable facial recognition match,” the lawsuit says.
The photo used in the lineup was an 8-year-old mug shot from a 2015 arrest in Canton, Michigan, despite police having access to a more recent photo in her driver’s license, according to the lawsuit.
The officers cuffed the pregnant mother in front of her kids.
According to the lawsuit, Woodruff had to tell her kids to wake up her fiancé and tell him, ‘Mommy is going to jail.’
“This woman was falsely arrested while pregnant because of AI facial recognition tech. Imagine what the government is going to do to you in the future when they aim to eradicate all political opposition and take out those that don’t comply,” Christopher Greene wrote.
This woman was falsely arrested while pregnant because of AI facial recognition tech. Imagine what the government is going to do to you in the future when they aim to eradicate all political opposition and take out those that don’t comply. https://t.co/GvWM7jVC5k
— Christopher Greene 😎🏝🚀⛵️ (@amtvmedia) August 8, 2023
Per NBC News:
The robbery victim told police that on Jan. 29 he met a woman whom he had sexual intercourse with. At some point in the day, they went to a BP gas station, where the woman “interacted with several individuals,” according to the lawsuit.
They then left for another location, where the victim was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint by a man whom the woman had interacted with earlier at the BP gas station. The victim told police his phone was returned to the gas station two days later.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan, names Detective LaShauntia Oliver, who was assigned to the case, as a defendant.Advertisement
When Oliver learned that a woman had returned the victim’s phone to the gas station, she ran facial technology on the video, which identified her as Woodruff, the lawsuit alleges.
“Detective Oliver stated in detail in her report what she observed in the video footage, and there was no mention of the female suspect being pregnant,” the lawsuit says.