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Facial recognition in China ‘spot on’ – Met Police Federation

Facial recognition in China ‘spot on’ – Met Police Federation

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Facial recognition in China is "absolutely correct" and "spot on", the head of the Metropolitan Police Federation has said, calling for it to be deployed in London "on a 24-hour basis".Ken Marsh, who is chairman of the Metropolitan Police staff association, said he believed the "fantastic" technology could be used to catch criminals and terrorists. Mr Marsh gave the example of the 2017 London Bridge attack, when police lost track of the terrorists in the aftermath of the killings.He said: "Facial recognition, if it was pointed in certain areas in London on a 24-hour basis, could pick these individuals up… if we could have stopped that I'm all for this."The Chinese government has invested heavily in facial
81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by police facial recognition innocent – report

81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by police facial recognition innocent – report

Technology
Four out of five people identified by the Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology as possible suspects are innocent, according to an independent report. Researchers found that the controversial system is 81% inaccurate - meaning that, in the vast majority of cases, it flagged up faces to police when they were not on a wanted list. The force maintains its technology only makes a mistake in one in 1,000 cases - but it uses a different measurement to arrive at this conclusion.The report, exclusively revealed by Sky News and The Guardian, raises "significant concerns" about Scotland Yard's use of the technology, and calls for the facial recognition programme to be halted.Citing a range of technical, operational and legal issues, the report concludes that it is "highly possible" the...
Police arrest alleged mastermind, money man in David Ortiz shooting

Police arrest alleged mastermind, money man in David Ortiz shooting

World
June 28 (UPI) -- Dominican police on Friday arrested the men they said organized and paid for a shooting that injured former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz. The national police said they arrested Victor Hugo Gomez, the alleged mastermind of the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Alberto Rodriguez Mota, the man accused of paying for the shooting. Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez said Ortiz wasn't the intended target of the hit. The shooter was supposed to kill Ortiz's friend, Sixto David Fernandez. The gunman, whom police arrested earlier this month, allegedly told officials he got confused inside the nightclub where he shot Ortiz on June 9. Ortiz and Fernandez were sitting together at a table at the moment of the shooting. Police said Gom...
No police action over Jo Brand battery acid joke

No police action over Jo Brand battery acid joke

Entertainment
By Emily Mee, news reporter Police will not take action against Jo Brand after she made a joke about throwing battery acid at politicians.Brand was facing an allegation of incitement to violence following the remark on BBC Radio 4 show Heresy. The comedian, 61, later admitted the joke was "crass and ill-judged" but reportedly said she did not feel she had made a "mistake".In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "Police received an allegation of incitement to violence on 13 June, relating to comments made on a radio programme."The referral has been considered by the MPS and no further police action will be taken in relation to this allegation." Advertisement ...
Hong Kong extradition: Police fire rubber bullets at protesters

Hong Kong extradition: Police fire rubber bullets at protesters

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong where anger at a new extradition bill has spilled over into violence. Protesters have blocked key roads around government buildings and threw bricks and projectiles at police. The government is still pushing for the bill which would allow extradition to mainland China and it is expected to pass its final vote on 20 June.But the Legislative Council (LegCo) has now delayed its second reading.Follow live: Hong Kong protesters and police face offThe pro-Beijing LegCo said Wednesday's scheduled meeting would instead be held at an unspecified "later time". This is the first time rubber bullets have been used in Hong Kong for decades. What's happe...