Detroit Police Chief Fires Back At Rashida Tlaib After She Demands He Only Hire Black Facial Recognition Analysts

Detroit Police Chief James Craig has just fired back at Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib after she told him that only black people should be hired as facial recognition analysts.

Fox News reported that Tlaib made this suggestion on Monday during a tour of the Detroit Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center, where the department uses facial recognition technology to locate suspects. As Craig showed Tlaib the software, he explained to her how analysts use it to identify and locate individuals.

“Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib told him. “It’s true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!”

Sign Petition: Remove Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee 

She then backed this up by claiming she’d seen people confuse Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., before alleging that “the error rate among African-Americans, especially women,” was 60 percent.

Afterwards, Craig responded to Tlaib during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s a software. It’s biometrics,” he said. “And, to put race in it … we’re talking about trained professionals. My staff goes through intense training with the FBI, and so they’re not looking at race but it’s measurements. We were appalled when she made this statement.”

“We even put her in the seat of an analyst so she could understand how it works!” Craig continued. “And, she was somewhat resistant. Not really interested. But, it was important for me to invite her in after she made her initial comments. So, at least she could learn something about how we use it and maybe have a great appreciation for it.”

Craig had invited Tlaib to the facility after she tweeted at his department calling facial recognition technology “bulls—.”

After the tour, a reporter asked Tlaib, “Are you saying white people are not qualified to–?”

Cutting him off, Tlaib said, “No, I think there’s actually been studies out that it’s hard for, you know, like African-Americans would identify African-Americans, similar, Latino same thing.”

“This is a double standard,” Craig lamented on “Fox & Friends.” “If I had made the exact same comment, they would’ve been calling for my resignation and she would have been leading that charge. That’s a fact.”

“We know [there are] flaws in the technology,” he concluded. “We’ve addressed that through the rigorous system that we have in place. So, we have a modeled approach on how we use this technology very effectively.”

Share your opinion

COMMENT POLICY: We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, hard-core profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment!