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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.
IBM says it is getting out of the facial recognition business over concern about how it can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling.
After being accused of racial profiling, Lowe’s has ended its receipt-checking policy in all stores.
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.
After almost a year of false starts and delays, an EWU professor will finally be able to drill down into data collected by the Spokane Police Department to try to determine whether local police engage in racial profiling.
Officials voted Wednesday to pay $4.4 million in legal fees to attorneys who won a racial profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, marking yet another expense in a case that’s projected to cost taxpayers $72 million by next summer.
About 100 people showed up to a community forum hosted by the city of Spokane Wednesday to talk about race relations and the Spokane Police Department.
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.
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 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.”
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.