Democrat says African Americans all look the same to non-African Americans

Daily News Article   —   Posted on October 4, 2019


Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said there are many misconceptions about facial recognition software, and said people mistakenly think it misidentifies people based on skin color.

"The software doesn’t work on gender or race; it works on facial measurements," Shaw said. "If you have a good photo, the photo array will come back with people with the same facial makeup, whether they're male, female, black, white or whatever. It's all about things like the spacing between the eyes, or where the ears are on the side of your head.

"That's where the human element comes in," said Shaw, whose agency has used facial recognition technology for more than 17 years. "If you know you're looking for a white male, and the system kicks out a white female, or a black male, or whatever, then a technician will flag that. Nobody uses the software on its own."

Shaw said state police train constantly to guard against bias.

"There's implicit bias in everything we do," he said. "You just heard it in (Tlaib's) comments." (from The Detroit News article above)