Facial recognition technology a law enforcement tool (Wicked Local North of Boston)
Police are using sophisticated software to match the faces of criminals being videotaped committing a crime and photographs stored in enormous databases. The software has paid some dividends. This year, Akron, Ohio, police detectives used a facial recognition database to identify a suspect accused of murder. Detectives obtained the suspect’s photograph. The image was run through the database, and Charles Fortson was flagged. After an interview Fortson was arrested.
Concerns about the proper scope of facial recognition technology applications in law enforcement are also discussed in the above-linked article.