WRONGLY ACCUSED BY ALGORITHM

WRONGFULLY ACCUSED BY ALGORITHM

WRONGLY ACCUSED BY ALGORITHM

In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he did not commit.

On a Thursday afternoon in January, Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was in his office at an automotive supply company when he got a call from the Detroit Police Department telling him to come to the station to be arrested.

He thought at first that it was a prank.

An hour later, when he pulled into his driveway in a quiet subdivision in Farmington Hills, Mich., a police car pulled up behind, blocking him in.

Two officers got out and handcuffed Mr. Williams on his front lawn, in front of his wife and two young daughters, who were distraught.

The police wouldn’t say why he was being arrested, only showing him a piece of paper with his photo and the words “felony warrant” and “larceny.”

His wife, Melissa, asked where he was being taken. “Google it,” she recalls an officer replying.

The police drove Mr. Williams to a detention center.

He had his mug shot, fingerprints and DNA taken, and was held overnight.

Around noon on Friday, two detectives took him to an interrogation room and placed three pieces of paper on the table, face down.

“When’s the last time you went to a Shinola store?”

one of the detectives asked, in Mr. Williams’s recollection.

hinola is an upscale boutique that sells watches, bicycles and leather goods in the trendy Midtown neighborhood of Detroit.

Mr. Williams said he and his wife had checked it out when the store first opened in 2014……..



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1 Comment

  1. I guess this means facial recognition don’t know shit from Shinola. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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