San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates. The ban applies to San Francisco police and other municipal departments. It does not affect use of the technology by the federal government at airports and ports, nor does it limit personal or business use.
Seven Baltimore Police officers were suspended after body camera videos appeared to show them planting drugs in a car. Body cameras placed on Baltimore police showed multiple police officers manipulating and staging evidence in a car during a traffic stop. Less than two weeks ago another video released by the Baltimore’s public defender’s office showed a similar manipulation by another police officer. The officers have declined to comment.
A widely criticized policy allowing state and local law enforcement to seize cash, cars, and personal property from people suspected of crimes but not actually charged has been revived by the Justice Department. This move is towards helping law enforcement fight against drug dealing, and any other illegal activity which may occur while suspects have their assets.