Incident 295: Wrongful Attempted Arrest for Apple Store Thefts Due to NYPD’s Facial Misidentification

Description: New York Police Department (NYPD)’s facial recognition system falsely connected a Black teenager to a series of thefts at Apple stores, which resulted in his wrongful attempted arrest.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by New York Police Department, which harmed Ousmane Bah , NYC Black people and NYC Black young people.

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