Rep. Rashida Tlaib made an appearance at the Detroit Real Time Crime Center with Police Chief James Craig discussing facial recognition software and said this during the meeting:
“Analysts need to be African-Americans …I think non-African-Americans think African Americans 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. I see it all the time, and I love them because they go along with it.”
The Detroit Police Chief came back at her with the fact that there shouldn’t be discrimination:
“I trust people who are trained, regardless of race, regardless of gender. It’s about the training.”
Watch: Rep. Rashida Tlaib at the Real Time Crime Center with police Chief James Craig discussing facial recognition software: “Analysts need to be African-Americans … .” https://t.co/qrG27El3AZ pic.twitter.com/o8bCwAJEVM
— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) October 2, 2019
Tlaib tweeted before this meeting that she objects to the new facial recognition technology, so Chief Craig invited her to meet.