Louisiana police Randall Reid wrongful arrest, jailing

Occurred: November 2022

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The use of facial recognition technology by Louisiana authorities led to the arrest and jailing of Randall Reid, a Georgia man on a fugitive warrant from a state he had never visited, according to his lawyer.

Reid was detained in DeKalb County, Georgia, in late November 2022, after Louisiana police used facial recognition to mistakenly link him to a purse theft incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The case underscores concerns about the accuracy of facial recognition by law enforcement and other public authorities, especially for the identification of people of colour and women.


According to AP, 'Jefferson Sheriff Joe Lopinto’s office did not respond to several requests for information [..] on Reid’s arrest and release, the agency’s use of facial recognition or any safeguards around it.' Gizmodo reports Louisiana authorities 'admitted the false match 'tacitly''.

In July 2022, New Orleans city council voted to allow the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to use facial recognition, having outlawed its use in December 2020. Per Protocol, the department never kept records of how often it was used or whether it facilitated investigations or led to arrests or convictions.

Operator: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office; Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange

Country: USA

Sector: Govt - police

Purpose: Identify individuals

Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy

Transparency: Governance; Black box; Marketing; Privacy


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