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City commission questions LBPD on its use of facial recognition technology • Long Beach Post News

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“Those will build trust, but until that trust is built up, everything is going to be suspect,” said Technology and Innovation Commissioner David W. Ferrell.

The commission does not have any direct power to regulate the police department’s use of facial recognition software, but it’s in the beginning stages of crafting a recommendation about how and when the city should allow its use.

Two commissioners on a subcommittee have been studying facial recognition since early this year when the city asked for guidance about it and other emerging police technologies, especially how they could disproportionately affect Black residents and other people of color.

The request came as part of the city’s Racial Reconciliation Initiative, which Long Beach created in response to the massive protests last year sparked by the murder of George Floyd.

Ultimately, the subcommittee recommended following the lead of more than a dozen local governments that have…

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