Incident 518: New York Detective Misused Woody Harrelson's Face to Perform Face Recognition Search

Description: When the facial recognition search for a CVS theft suspect's face returned no useful matches due to the surveillance footage being obscured and highly pixelated, a New York City police detective continued the face search using Woody Harrelson's face allegedly due to his resemblance to the suspect's face, eventually leading to the arrest of an unknown victim.


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Alleged: developed an AI system deployed by New York Police Department and Facial Identification Section, which harmed unknown.

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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Face Recognition on Flawed Data · 2019


On April 28, 2017, a suspect was caught on camera reportedly stealing beer from a CVS in New York City. The store surveillance camera that recorded the incident captured the suspect’s face, but it was partially obscured and hig…


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