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Amazon bans police use of its face recognition for a year

NEW YORK – Amazon on Wednesday banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.

AP Special Report: For NFL players, racial profiling often personal

The Associated Press surveyed 56 of the 59 black players at last weekend’s Pro Bowl game as part of its look at how African-American athletes have long used their sports platforms to impact social and political change. The AP asked the players whether they or someone they knew have ever experienced racial profiling. All said yes.

Smart Bombs: It isn’t so; ask Arizona’s Sheriff Joe

After Monday’s rowdy Spokane City Council meeting, Jackie Murray, who filed the initiative to repeal the illegal immigration “sanctuary” ordinance, said, “I’m a refugee from California. I’ve already lived through this.” Well, I’m from Arizona, so I lived through some of this, too.

Justice Department updates Ferguson residents on rights investigation

FERGUSON, Mo. – U.S. Department of Justice officials promised a frustrated group of Ferguson residents Wednesday night that the federal government will take seriously their allegations of racial profiling and brutality at the hands of north St. Louis County law enforcement. More than 300 people packed into a meeting room at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley for an update on the federal civil rights investigation Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier this month in the wake of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

Police caution against racial profiling

Police believe a tip from a community member will help them find the man who killed a woman along the Spokane River last week, but they’re urging people to use common sense and avoid racial profiling. “Based on the description we do have from the victim herself … clearly this was a black male,” said Spokane police Maj. Craig Meidl. “We do have to look at the specific demographics given to us by the victim, but that does not by any means indicate everyone within those demographics is a criminal.”

Border Patrol’s Spokane presence raises questions

Federal agents have increased their presence in the Spokane area in what some believe is an overreaching effort to combat illegal immigration at a local level. Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol say they’re not specifically targeting illegal immigrants and that their presence at police stops in the Spokane County area is part of an ongoing partnership with local law enforcement.