A False Facial Recognition Sent an Innocent Black Man to jail


An unfortunate situation happened to an innocent man, by the name of Nijeer Parks.

The 31-year-old man from New Jersey was arrested back in 2019 after facial recognition technology falsely identified him as a suspect.

Police responded to reports of a theft in Woodbridge, New Jersey where the suspect drove away, hit a police car and almost ran over an officer.

Once Parks was informed police were looking for him he tried to clear his name going to the police station with his social security, thinking it was all just a simple misunderstanding. Four to five minutes later he was being arrested and wasn't released until 11 days later.

It was only then, when he was told about the evidence against him.

Even after being released, he still had a year long battle trying to prove his innocence.

Talking about the police he told CNN, "You took being comfortable away from me. I see police, I'm automatically shaken up. You proved to me that you can lock me up for anything, and there's nothing I can do about it."

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