Porcha Rudruff facial recognition wrongful arrest

Occurred: February 2023

Detroit woman Porcha Rudruff was identified using facial recognition and arrested for a robbery and carjacking she did not commit, leading her to sue the city and the police detective handling her case.

The suit claims Detroit police officer LaShauntia Oliver, who had been assigned to the case, used an eight-year-old picture of Woodruff in a line-up of potential suspects, despite having access to her current driver's license, and had failed to check the warrant to confirm whether the woman who committed the crime was pregnant.

Oliver also showed the carjacking victim a photo lineup that included the reference image of Woodruff that the software matched with a photo from a surveillance camera at the scene of the crime. 

The Detroit police later said they would strengthen its photo lineup and facial recognition technology policies by having two captains review requests for warrants when facial recognition algorithms are used in an investigation, and that a sequential double-blind line-up must be employed.

Rudruff's arrest is the third known wrongful arrest using facial recognition committed by the Detroit Police Department. In July 2019, Michael Oliver was arrested for allegedly snatching a mobile phone, and Robert Williams arrested in January 2020 for reputedly stealing five high-end watches.

Operator: Detroit Police Department
Developer: DataWorks Plus

Country: USA

Sector: Govt - police

Purpose: Strengthen law enforcement

Technology: Facial recognition; Computer vision; Machine learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; 

Transparency: Governance; Black box; Complaints/appeals

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