Incident 592: Facial Recognition Misidentifies Pregnant Woman Leading to False Arrest in Detroit

Description: Porcha Woodruff was arrested and subsequently had charges dropped due to an unreliable facial recognition match. Despite being visibly pregnant, she was implicated in a robbery and carjacking based on an outdated photo used in a lineup.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Detroit Police Department, which harmed Porcha Woodruff.

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