Incident 429: Unreliable ShotSpotter Audio Convicted Black Rochester Man of Shooting Police

Description: ShotSpotter's "unreliable" audio was used as scientific evidence to accuse and convict a Black man of attempting to shoot Rochester's city police, whose conviction was later reversed by a county judge.


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Alleged: ShotSpotter developed an AI system deployed by Rochester Police Department, which harmed Silvon Simmons.

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Khoa Lam


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.