NYPD Raids Home Of BLM Protester After Tracking Him Down Using Facial Recognition Software
Derrick Ingram was held hostage in his own home for five hours.
August 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm
NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie issued a statement to CNN, saying police have been pursuing 28-year-old Derrick Ingram "for an assault on a police officer" during a protest in Manhattan on June 14. According to the officers' complaint, Ingram "placed a handheld megaphone directly against the officer's ear, activated the megaphone and yelled, causing pain and protracted impairment of hearing."
Police confirmed its use of facial recognition software in a statement to Gothamist.
"The NYPD uses facial recognition as a limited investigative tool, comparing a still image from a surveillance video to a pool of lawfully possessed arrest photos," a spokesperson told the publication, adding that "no one has ever been arrested solely on the basis of a computer match."
Gothamist reported the photos used to track down the activist appeared to have been taken from his Instagram.