A New York teenager, Ousmane Bah, was arrested at his home in November and charged with stealing from an Apple store. He didn’t do it, and a photo of the the culprit on the warrant did not look like Bah. He was accused of several thefts from Apple stores, including one from Boston on the same day he was attending his senior prom in New York City. He’s now suing Apple, and his suit alleges that Apple’s facial recognition software mistakenly connected the thief’s face with his, possibly from the thief using his stolen identification.
Bah is suing Apple for a billion dollars, which seems kind of high.
Almost 3 months have gone by since the erroneous detention of NFL player Nate Allen. Allen and his attorneys spoke at city council in February to ask the city to call for an outside investigation. The city expressed an interest, but deferred taking action until the FMPD completed their own investigation. Allen’s attorneys were at city council last night, again pushing for an outside investigation (a position endorsed by Crimcourts). The city did not take any action at this time. Allen has filed suit against the city, which limits city employees freedom to speak about the issue, though some expressed regrets for the way the situation unfolded. Months have now gone by with no answers, and no steps have been taken to prevent future miscarriages of justice.
Allen has signed with the Oakland Raiders, and we wish him continued success.