Incident 385: Canadian Police's Release of Suspect's AI-Generated Facial Photo Reportedly Reinforced Racial Profiling

Description: The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) in Canada released a facial image of a Black male suspect generated by an algorithm using DNA phenotyping, which was denounced by the local community as racial profiling.


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Alleged: Parabon Nanolabs developed an AI system deployed by Edmonton Police Service, which harmed Black residents in Edmonton.

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