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California Law Puts Suicide Hotline Number On School ID Cards

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:54

(CNN) — California high school and middle school students will have some lifesaving information at their fingertips as they go back to school this year.

A law that went into effect in July requires to print the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student ID cards for seventh- through 12th-graders in public, private and charter schools.

That number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

ALSO: Sheriff’s Department Introduces Yoga To Reduce Stress And Suicide Rates Among Deputies

The law also says that student IDs may have information on the Crisis Text Line — which can be reached by texting HOME to 741741 — as well as local suicide prevention resources.

“I think any opportunity for somebody to have a number to be able to call out to, reach out to and be available, I think it’s fantastic,” Ray Morgan told CNN affiliate KGO. His daughter is a freshman at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

The move comes as suicide rates continue to rise in the United States.

The suicide rate in 2017 was 33% higher than it was in 1999, according to annual research published in June by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

A study published in the medical journal JAMA found a significant increase in the suicide rates among 15- to 24-year-olds between 2000 and 2017.

Dave Muth, who advocated for the law, told CNN affiliate KESQ that he hopes it encourages people to talk openly about suicide and mental health. His daughter Madeline died by suicide in 2015.

“This is a way of remembering her, honoring her and helping to break down the stigma and change policy so that other families don’t have to experience what we did,” Muth said last year when then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure.

To get help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

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2 Teen Boys Arrested After Person Found Dead In Tuolumne Co. Home That Burned

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:53

COLUMBIA (CBS13) – Authorities say two teenagers have been arrested after a person was found dead in a house that caught fire in the Big Hill area of Columbia on Tuesday.

Deputies and firefighters responded to the fire on Calle Quartz Road near Adelleana Lane around 6 a.m. to find the home engulfed in flames. The fire spread to nearby vegetation, forcing some homes to be evacuated.

Crews were able to contain the fire to a quarter of an acre.

Later on Tuesday, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office announced that a body had been found in the burned home.

Wednesday, the sheriff’s office announced that two teen boys had been arrested in connection to the incident. The boys, whose names and ages have not been released, are facing charges of homicide and arson.

The sheriff’s office says an autopsy is being done to determine exactly what killed the person found in the home.

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Garbage Truck That Clipped Building, Rupturing Fuel Line, Prompts Short Evacuation In Rancho Cordova

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:42

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – Evacuations have been lifted after a garbage truck backed into a building and severed its fuel line late Wednesday morning.

The scene was in Rancho Cordova along the 10000 block of Old Placerville Road.

#MetroFire is o/s of a natural gas powered dump truck that, after backing into a building severed its fuel line. A small leak quickly dissipated and all evacuations have been lifted. pic.twitter.com/8ZBb2qQgB7

— Metro Fire of Sacramento (@metrofirepio) August 14, 2019

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, a caller reported hearing an explosion in the area around 10:45 a.m. Metro Fire crews responded and found that a natural gas-powered dump truck had backed into a building.

A small leak prompted momentary concern in the area. But, Metro Fire says the leak has dissipated and all evacuations have been lifted.

All roads in the area have been reopened.

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Sacramento City College President Suffers Major Injuries In Highway 50 Crash

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:59

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento City College president was injured in a major crash on Highway 50, the school says.

Officials say President Michael Gutierrez was involved in the Monday morning crash on the westbound side of the freeway, near the Harbor Boulevard off-ramp. He suffered major injuries, but is now doing OK and is recovering at the hospital.

It’s unclear what exactly led up to the crash, but four cars were involved.

Gutierrez was on his way to City College’s Davis Center, according to a report in the school’s newspaper on the crash.

An email was sent to the City College community informing them that Gutierrez had been involved in a serious crash.

Gutierrez has served as City College president since July 2017.

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Avenue, Chain Of Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores, Closing All Locations; Liquidations Sales Start

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:35

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A national chain of women’s plus-size clothing stores is going out of business.

Avenue announced on Wednesday that all 222 of their stores across 33 states will be closing.

Liquidation sales have already started. Expect price reductions of 30 to 50 percent off lowest ticketed prices, the company handling the liquidation said in a release on Wednesday.

Originally named Sizes Unlimited, Avenue has several stores across the area, including in Carmichael, Modesto, two in Sacramento, Stockton and Vacaville.

The liquidator has not said how long the stores will stay open.

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Fallen Riverside Officer Andre Moye, Jr. Mourned With Bell Toll Ceremony At CHP Academy

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:20

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) – Bells tolled Wednesday during a solemn California Highway Patrol ceremony for an officer killed this week when a motorist he pulled over grabbed a rifle and opened fire during a traffic stop.

The bell toll tribute ceremony for Andre Moye, Jr. at the highway patrol’s academy in  West Sacramento replaced the agency’s plan to celebrate its 90th anniversary, the highway patrol said in a statement.

Moye had stopped 49-year-old Aaron Luther a freeway in the Southern California city of Riverside on Monday, and officials have said he probably did not know that Luther had a long and violent criminal history.

The motorcycle officer was filling out paperwork to impound Luther’s pickup truck when Luther, who was outside the vehicle and not restrained, reached inside, pulled out a rifle and started shooting on the freeway’s overpass.

Moye, 34, was fatally wounded but called for help and two responding officers were shot in the legs while frightened motorists ducked for cover from dozens of flying bullets.

Public records showing a person’s criminal history aren’t typically something an officer has access to during a traffic stop.

Highway patrol Inland Division Chief Bill Dance said it’s not clear whether Moye asked a dispatcher to seek any additional information on Luther, 49, who was convicted of attempted murder in 1994 and also had convictions for assault, domestic violence, unlawful possession of a firearm and battery.

John Aresta, police chief in Malverne, New York, and a past president of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, said an officer would have almost no way of knowing a driver’s criminal history during a traffic stop. When an officer runs a vehicle’s license plate and a driver’s license, the reports will usually come back listing the registered owner, if it’s been reported stolen and if the license has been suspended or revoked. Active warrants may also be available, he said.

“It’s not going to come up with a criminal history and it’s not going to come with an asterisk saying ‘bad guy,'” Aresta said.

Luther did have a bench warrant dating from 2017 after he failed to appear in court to answer a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Moye had been with the highway patrol for about three years and was a motorcycle officer for about a year.

“His mother told me this was his dream job and he loved going to work,” Dance said. “It’s what he always wanted to do.”

Dance said Moye was an “outstanding” officer devoted to public service. He is survived by his wife, mother, father, stepfather, two brothers, two sisters and a large extended family, Dance said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered flags at half-staff Tuesday at the state Capitol and called Moye’s death devastating. Newsom, who took office in January, said he’s already been to “too many” funerals of officers killed in the line of duty.

“It’s just unacceptable and we need to push back against any notion that these folks are not the heroes that they are,” he said, adding that the death is another example of the “normalization of gun violence that we’ve long accepted in this country but no other country in the world would accept.”

Luther’s wife and father, meanwhile, were trying to make sense of his actions. They offered condolences to Moye’s family.

“I’m so sorry for the officer,” Luther’s wife, McKenzie Luther, told the Southern California News Group. “I know his family is going through the same thing I am.”

She said her husband called her after he was stopped Monday afternoon. He told her he was pulled over for driving alone in the carpool lane and had an expired license and no registration. He said his truck was being impounded and asked her to give him a ride.

She arrived at the scene during the shootout and a bullet pierced the windshield of the car she was driving in with her children.

She said he was depressed and suggested he might have wanted officers to kill him.

Luther was paroled from state prison in 2004 after serving about 10 years of a 12-year sentence for attempted second-degree murder with an enhancement for the use of a firearm, first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Court records show Luther also was arrested in 2007 on felony assault charges and took a no-contest plea deal that sentenced him to 90 days in jail. He also was charged with multiple felonies in San Bernardino County and pleaded no contest in 2010 to assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Southern California News Group.

As a felon, Luther was not supposed to have a gun and his father, Dennis Luther, said he’s not sure how his son came to possess one. He said his son had struggled with drugs, was depressed and in pain from knee injuries that left him unable to work his construction job.

Luther said his son was living off and on with his wife and three pre-teen children in Beaumont, near Riverside.

“I think he couldn’t cope with his marital problems,” Luther said. But the children “were everything to him.”

Aaron Luther was a top skateboarder growing up but he began using drugs and “that’s what ruined him,” Dennis Luther said. “I’m devastated.”

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Microsoft Warns Windows 10 Users To Update Immediately

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:53

(CNN) — Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two “critical” vulnerabilities.

The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially “wormable,” meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user’s part.

There are “potentially hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers,” Simon Pope, Microsoft’s director of Incident Response, wrote in a blog post Tuesday.

“It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide,” he said.

Windows 10 users that have enabled automatic updates are already protected. For those who update manually, they can click the search button and type “Windows Update” to access the update tool.

Other operating systems, such as Windows XP, are not affected.

Windows 10 is the world’s most popular desktop operating system, according to Net Marketshare. Microsoft estimates that more than 800 million devices run Windows 10.

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Mike Tyson Says He Burns Through $40K Of Weed At His California Ranch Every Month

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:29

(CNN) — Mike Tyson isn’t shy about his love for marijuana.

On Monday’s episode of his podcast, aptly named “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” the former heavyweight champion shared just how much he spends on the psychoactive drug.

“What do we smoke a month?” he asked his co-host, former NFL player turned marijuana advocate Eben Britton. “Is it $40,000 a month?”

“We smoke 10 tons of weed at the ranch a month,” Britton said, referencing Tyson Ranch, the boxer’s forthcoming 40-acre marijuana farm and “resort.”

“Is that crazy?” Tyson asked, though it seemed he already knew the answer.

His guest, rapper Jim Jones, widened his eyes.

“That’s a lot of weed,” he said. “That’s nonstop, every second weed right there.”

Tyson’s latest career pivot might be his most lucrative.

Shortly after California’s recreational marijuana laws went into effect in 2018, he launched Tyson Ranch, which sells nine strains of cannabis flower, potent extracts and soon, edibles.

In addition to production facilities, the luxury resort is set to feature an edible factory, amphitheater and “glamping” campgrounds.

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Gregg Popovich Calls Colin Kaepernick ‘Very Patriotic’ For Bringing Light To Social Issues

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:13

LOS ANGELES (CBS13) – San Antonio Spurs and USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich is again praising Colin Kaepernick for the former 49ers quarterback’s push for social justice.

On Tuesday, Popovich spoke to reporters after the US team practice in Los Angeles and was asked about more than basketball.

Popovich, who has not been one to shy away from commenting on current events, started talking about patriotism.

“Patriotism means a lot of things to different people,” Popovich said, ESPN reports. “There’s people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake. The show of patriotism I think is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate.”

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The USA Basketball coach then started talking about Kaepernick.

“To negate that part of what we’re able to do is ignorant on anybody’s part who tries to make those people look unpatriotic. Like a Kaepernick. That was a very patriotic thing he did,” Popovich said.

Popovich continued his praise of Kaepernick, who was recently in the news again after posting that he’s “still ready” to come back in and play football.

“He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about,” Popovich said.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016. He filed a collusion case against the league, alleging he had been blacklisted by NFL owners for his protests during the national anthem that aimed to bring light to racial injustices.

A settlement was reached earlier in 2019 in that case. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Popovich has coached the US national basketball team since 2016. The team – which features several Sacramento Kings players this year, including De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes – is getting ready for FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, which kicks off at the end of August.

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Shots Fired At Unmarked Police Car In West Sacramento; No Officers Hurt

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:39

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Authorities are investigating after shots were fired at an unmarked police car in West Sacramento Wednesday morning.

The scene is on South River Road, near Davis Road.

West Sacramento police say an older, red SUV with several people inside drove by the unmarked police car. A round was then fired at the police car.

No officers were hurt in the incident, West Sacramento police say.

Detectives are still investigating if it was a random shooting or if the car was targeted.

No suspect information has been released at this point.

More to come.

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Dom Nuñez, Elk Grove High Grad, Hits Home Run In MLB Debut For Rockies

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:26

DENVER (CBS13/AP) — Rockies catcher Dom Nuñez, a former standout from Elk Grove, hit a solo shot in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 9-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Nuñez became the seventh player in franchise history to homer during his major league debut.

“If you would have told me this was going to happen I would have said you’re crazy,” said Nuñez, who had the home run ball retrieved after it landed in the Arizona bullpen. “But I’m happy it did.”

When your first career hit is a homer… you've earned the nickname #BombNuñez

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8 People Displaced After 2-Alarm Fire Spreads From Boat To Fairfield Home

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:02

FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Authorities say eight people have been displaced after a two-alarm fire at a Fairfield home early Wednesday morning.

The scene was along the 300 block of E. Kentucky Street.

Fairfield Fire says firefighters responded to the scene a little before 4 a.m. Flames had spread from a boat and vehicle to a home, firefighters say.

Several structures nearby were threatened, but firefighters were able to get the flames under control before anything else could be damaged. Still, the first home involved was a total loss, firefighters said.

No one was hurt in the incident, but four adults and four children have been displaced by the fire.

Exactly what caused the fire is still under investigation.

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18-Year-Old Lotus Woman Killed In Crash Near Placerville

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:51

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – An 18-year-old woman has died after a crash near Placerville on Monday night.

The scene was off Cold Springs Road, west of Boulder Lane.

According to California Highway Patrol’s Placerville division, a young woman was driving her Subaru when she went down an embankment and struck a large tree. The car then overturned.

The young woman was soon pronounced dead.

She has been identified as 18-year-old Lotus resident Audrey Reynolds.

Exactly why she crashed off the road is unclear. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call investigators at (530) 748-2450.

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Lawmaker Pushes To Ban Facial Recognition Technology On Police Body-Worn Cameras

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:16

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Lawmakers are sounding the alarm over flaws in facial recognition technology.

“One false match is too many, especially when people’s lives [are] at stake, when their freedom is at stake,” said a supporter of AB 1215 during a Tuesday morning press conference.

In a recent test, 26 state lawmakers were falsely identified as criminals when their photos were compared with mug shots of people who’d been arrested.

The ACLU put the technology to the test to prove a point that it’s flawed and that it can and will misidentify people. The fear is that it will put already vulnerable communities at risk.

“There are real people who could have real impacts,” said Assemblymen Phil Ting.

Ting and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer were among the state legislators falsely identified.

“Too often minorities are confused for others,” said Sawyer.

Out of 120 lawmakers, 1 out of 5 lawmakers was mistakenly matched when their pictures were put up against a database of 25,000 publicly available booking photos.

“What’s troubling is, while this was an exercise, if this was actually used for law enforcement purposes you could have 26 people falsely accused of a crime, falsely arrested for a crime,” said Ting.

Ting is now leading the effort with a bill to ban the use of facial recognition software specifically on police-worn body cameras.

“It’s particularly problematic for identifying women and people of color,” said Kevin Baker from the ACLU.

Baker says at a time when police and community relations are already so tense, adding flawed technology on body cameras can be dangerous.

“Of course, if law enforcement thinks someone approaching them is a criminal and not a member of the legislature they could react differently,” said Baker.

But some law enforcement agencies argue the ban is premature.

Ronald Lawrence, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, released this statement:

“Cal Chiefs is opposed to AB 1215 because we believe a ban on this technology is premature, and could prevent law enforcement from utilizing what could potentially become a very useful tool later down the road. Facial recognition software only helps narrow the pool of potential suspects, but does not make the final determination – only a trained peace officer can make the final call,” Lawrence wrote.

But for many, the potential consequences of a mistake could be the difference between life and death.

Both the Sacramento police and sheriff’s departments have facial recognition software, but not on body-worn cameras.

Ting said no city in California has yet deployed this software on body cameras

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said the software is an important law enforcement tool, especially when policing large events.

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Stockton Leads State In Drop In Police Shootings

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:42

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Following years of mass protests in Stockton over police use-of-force incidents, new numbers show Stockton is now leading the state for the biggest percentage drop in police shootings.

Statistics from the California Department of Justice show an 80% drop in Stockton police shootings in the past two years.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs calls the numbers significant, and trust-building, crediting police de-escalation training as part of the difference. The city has been part of a four-year U.S. Department of Justice “National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.”

“It makes me incredibly proud to be mayor of the city of Stockton, for our police chief, our police officers and also the community,” Tubbs said.

In February of 2017, Tubbs was inside council chambers when police in riot gear confronted Black Lives Matters protesters seeking answers into police use of force incidents. The night captured the emotions of a city struggling with police and community relations. But the new numbers reflect change.

READ ALSO: Man Accused Of Threatening Officer Arrested After Standoff At Stockton Red Roof Inn

“We’re not perfect, we have work to do but I’m so proud of our officers,” Tubbs said.

Stockton police chief Eric Jones issued a statement in response to the police shooting stats reading in part, “the Stockton Police Department always strives to reduce force through policy and contemporary training.”

NAACP Stockton President Bobby Bivens has served in his position for two decades and has protested police and civic policies over the years.

“I feel very good that we are getting some positive results,” Bivens said. “You’re able to see change and see results and you are able to cause the police department to act differently to come up with structure, to come up with processes.”

A city coping with a year’s long community and police divide, and violence. Now a new sign, showing in Stockton, more police confrontations are ending with peaceful outcomes.

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Pedestrian Killed In Stockton Crash

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:08

STOCKTON (CBS13) — A pedestrian is dead after getting hit by a vehicle in Stockton Tuesday night.

The crash happened in the area of West Lane and March Lane.

The driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with police.

This is a developing story.

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Was Obscene Mural All A Publicity Stunt?

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 05:39

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A giant penis painted on a building in downtown Sacramento has people talking and some are wondering if it could have been a publicity stunt.

“From memes, gifs, shares, other versions of it, it’s been everything under the sun,” Lucy Crocker, president of Lucy and Company, said of the painting.

The founder of the Wide Open Walls Festival says the artist did this as a joke. Intentional or not, that joke is a powerful tool.

READ MORE: Some Consider Giant Penis Mural Vandalism, Police Say It’s Not A Crime

“Things that are funny spread like wildfire on social media and in the press,” Crocker said.

The artist is commenting about the painting, but it’s still getting a lot of attention. The attention is also helping the mural festival.

“I think any attention is good. It means people will come out and look at them,” one resident said.

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Sacramento City Council Passes Rent Control Measure

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 05:12

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento City council passed a rent control measure Tuesday night.

Mayor Steinberg pushed the ordinance as a way to deal with rising rent and a lack of affordable housing in the area that’s causing a homeless crisis.

Renter Rogina Engebretsen was glad to see Sacramento City Council pass the Tenant Protection and Relief Act, which will limit rent increases to no more than six percent each year plus inflation, with a cap at 10%.

The law will be in effect for five years and does not apply to single-family homes.

“I don’t know if I’m going to have a place to live or not. I’m scared,” Engebretsen said.

READ: Sacramento Considers City-Sanctioned Homeless Parking Lots

Engebretsen and her husband are both disabled. They live in Curtis Park and pay $800 a month for a two-bedroom house.

“My landlord keeps telling me she could raise our rent,” she said.

As a result, the couple has been looking for another place.

“I can’t afford anything. To have something I could afford would be helpful,” Engebretsen said.

Although Engebretsen wanted more out of the ordinance, she said it will do because for those on a fixed income like her, having fixed rent is key to keeping off the streets.

The ordinance also bans tenants from being evicted without notice if they’ve lived in the unit for more than a year. The new law will impact approximately 42,000 apartments and duplexes built before 1995.

Opponents were frustrated with the law.

READ: 50% Rent Increase Forces Long-Time Tenant Out Of State

“It’s definitely not strong enough to keep a family in their home, local income families that are being pushed to the street,” Jovanna Fajardo with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment said.

Councilmembers in favor said it’s a start and that something had to be done given that homelessness is up 52% in the Sacramento in the last two years. But many landlords say it’s an invasion of private property rights.

“I’m 60. I got in in my 20’s because I know how it worked and what to expect when I retire. This is a bunch of rule-changing at the last minute,” said Chris Airola.

Airola is president of the Rental Owners Association. He is also a property manager. He said landlords have enough costs with repairs and maintenance and shouldn’t have to foot the bill for enforcement of rent control.

“This is the beginning of a very long battle in Sacramento,” he said.

Airola said rent control will make Sacramento less attractive to investors, thus impacting the introduction of more affordable housing.

Dozens at the meeting wanted to put more stringent rent control on the ballot again with a rent board and just cause protections for renters. In 2018 Californians rejected a similar ballot initiative.

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Facial-Recognition Technology Flagged 26 California Lawmakers As Criminals

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 03:43

(CNN) — A picture of every California state legislator was run through a facial-recognition program that matches facial images to a database of 25,000 criminal mugshots, the American Civil Liberties Union of California (ACLU) said Tuesday in a statement.

The program falsely flagged 26 legislators as criminals, the ACLU said.

The ACLU announced the results of its test in pressing for passage of a bill to ban the technology in police body cameras.

“This experiment reinforces the fact that facial recognition software is not ready for prime time – let alone for use in body cameras worn by law enforcement,” Assemblymember Phil Ting, whose photo was flagged as a match to a mugshot, said in the ACLU’s statement.

Facial-recognition systems have gained popularity in recent years and are being used at airports, schools, homes and even concerts. The technology can also help a bartender identify who’s next in line for a drink. It works by identifying people’s faces from videos and photos and then comparing their facial features to those in a database.

But the ACLU is concerned the technology shows bias and is inaccurate, especially with woman and people of color.

Ting, along with the ACLU, co-sponsored AB 1215, also known as The Body Camera Accountability Act. The bill would ban the use of facial recognition and any biometric surveillance system in police-worn body cameras. Currently, there are no cities in California that have that technology in their police body cameras, Ting said Tuesday at a news conference.

“I could see innocent Californians subjected to perpetual police lineups because of false matches,” said Ting. “We must not allow this to happen.”

More than half of the falsely matched lawmakers were people of color, according to the ACLU. Last year, the organization conducted a similar test that misidentified 28 members of Congress. In those results, they found that the program was more inaccurate with woman and people of color.

“Facial recognition-enabled police body cameras would be a disaster for communities and their civil rights, regardless of the technology’s accuracy,” said Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney, ACLU of Northern California.

“Even if this technology was accurate, which it is not, face recognition-enabled body cameras would facilitate massive violations of Californians civil rights.”

Others says the technology is a “necessary tool”

Some law enforcement agencies disagree and say the bill would impair the ability of officers.

During a Senate committee on pubic safety committee hearing in June, the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association said the technology would help provide events that draw massive crowds like Coachella Music and Arts Festival and the Rose Bowl with the best security available.

“By banning this technology, California will be announcing to the nation and world that it doesn’t want our law enforcement officers to have the necessary tools they need to properly protect the public and attendees of these events,” their sheriffs’ association statement reads.

John Mirisch, the mayor of Beverly Hills, echoes those sentiments in a letter he wrote to Ting in June stating his opposition. He said the technology will help manage events that attract high-profile entertainers to the area such as The Golden Globes.

“This technology allows law enforcement agencies to compare images of hundreds of thousands of individuals, which saves time and agency resources,” Mirisch writes.

Other states have banned it

If the bill is passed, California will become the largest state to prohibit facial-recognition technology in police-worn body cameras. New Hampshire and Oregonboth passed legislation in 2017 to prohibit the practice.

This year, San Francisco, long one of the most tech-friendly and tech-savvy cities in the world, and Oakland, California, banned the use of the technology by police and other government departments.

Axon, who makes police worn body-cameras worn by Los Angeles police, also announced this year that facial-recognition systems will not be added to those devices.

AB 1215 was first introduced in February and is set to be voted on in the California Senate in the coming weeks, according to the ACLU, and then would go to the California Assembly in May.

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