Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was in Detroit with Police Chief, James Craig, when she told him to hire only black analysts for the facial recognition program the city uses to identify individuals.
In one of the most bizarre and racially charged comments yet, Tliab suggested the department should not hire anyone who is not black.
“Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib said.
The congresswoman was invited to tour the Real-Time Crime Center by the police department, where Craig was demonstrating how the software works to identify and locate individuals.
In an even more bizarre and unhinged statement, Tliab said she has seen people confuse Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who both are black and bald.
“It’s true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!”
Chief James, who is black, told Tliab that he understands the technology and has confidence in the people who are trained to operate the program. He showed her how data is collected and analyzed before any conclusions are made.
The chief invited Tliab to tour the facility on Twitter after she criticized the software.
@RashidaTlaib Before you criticize the software, come to our Real Time Crime Center to see how we @detroitpolice responsibly use it in efforts to identify criminals involved in violent crimes. Let’s set a date. https://t.co/aR7DOjQe2a
— Detroit Police Dept. (@detroitpolice) August 20, 2019
The tour began with a strange outburst by Tliab who was asking a Detroit News Reporter, who was video recording, if she was facial recognizing her?
“Are you facial recognizing me right now? I’m sorry who are you and why are you videotaping me?”
The reporter was cut off as he asked if Tliab thinks white people are not qualified to be analysts.
“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,” she said.
When asked if that would mean African-Americans should not be allowed to identify white people, Tlaib said, “Look it up,” and walked away.