Too often after crises, there is a rush to implement policies that will make us “safer,” but end up doing more harm than good. Law enforcement agencies claim the use of facial recognition technology (and other forms of high-tech policing) will help identify those who break the law, but we’ve seen time and time again how these tools disproportionately harm historically oppressed communities while letting violent white supremacists go free. We held a briefing last month to urge Congress to #ProtectBlackDissent instead of enacting laws that will further surveil our communities and suppress our right to protest. Truthout puts it in context.
During a press conference held by MediaJustice and partner organizations, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) said the priority should not be on expanding national security powers at the expense of human and civil rights, as this step would undermine an already fragile democracy.Truthout