INNOCENT LATE TERM PREGNANT WOMAN FALSELY ARRESTED AFTER HUGE FACIAL RECOGNITION ERROR
Facial recognition is one of those things that we pretty much take for granted these days. But just ten years ago, it wasn’t something most people has casual access to, or at least not as part of their daily lives. Just think about your cell phone. You probably use facial recognition dozens of times a day and don’t even think about it. But I doubt very much that your phone makes mistakes, unless of course there’s some schmutz on the camera lens. But mistakes with this technology do happen. And one poignant example of this is an innocent pregnant woman in Detroit who was arrested for carjacking.
DETROIT POLICE ARRESTED INNOCENT PREGNANT WOMAN IN FRONT OF HER CHILDREN, FIANCE
Last February, Detroit police arrested 32-year-old Porcha Woodruff for robbery and carjacking. She was 8 months pregnant at the time. So why did police arrest her? Because facial recognition technology made a very serious error in identifying her as the culprit from the crime scene’s surveillance footage. Police arrested her outside her home and place her in handcuffs in front of her family. Then they took her away to the Detroit Detention Center, leaving her crying children behind with her fiancé. Then the police held her for questioning for 11 hours for a crime she didn’t commit and knew absolutely nothing about. They also searched her iPhone looking for evidence.
FALSE FLAG FACIAL RECOGNITION FIASCO TOOK OVER A MONTH FOR PROSECUTOR TO DROP CHARGES
So how could this facial recognition error fiasco get any worse? Easily, as Woodruff started having contractions in her holding cell, likely caused by the stress and being left to sit on concrete benches in detention. She was formally charged in court for carjacking and robbery and was released later that evening on a $100,000 personal bond. She went straight to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with dehydration and had to give her two bags of intravenous fluids. It wasn’t until a full month later that the Wayne County prosecutor finally dismissed the case against her, despite the fact that the surveillance footage didn’t show a suspect who was pregnant, never mind very pregnant.
She is suing alleging false arrest. She is one of three people suing due to false arrest from bad facial recognition technology. All of the plaintiffs are African-American.