When can a case of mistaken identity turn into a dangerous situation? When a facial recognition scanner falsely identifies you as a wanted criminal to a police officer.
If a police officer thinks they’re dealing with a wanted or dangerous criminal instead of an innocent citizen, the situation will likely become tense. Even if nothing violent occurs, no American wants to be stripped of their rights or dignity by being handcuffed and detained when they’ve done nothing wrong.
That’s why the California State Legislature would be wise to ban the use of facial recognition technology programs in body-worn police cameras. Facial recognition technology, which is in the very early stages of development, is too undependable and prone to inaccuracy to deploy as a law enforcement tool.