Facial recognition in Rio reveals racism in Brazil
Brasilia, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The facial recognition of criminals reveals again the structural racism in the justice system in Brazil, where dehumanization is the basis of other types of violence and inequality.
A report from the Criminal Defense Coordinator and the Directorate of Studies and Research on Access to Justice, attached to the Public Defender's Office in Rio de Janeiro, shows that 58 errors resulting from facial recognition were committed in the state from June 2019 and March 2020, 70% of which involved black suspects, while 17% were white and 13% lacked that information. The victims of the errors were tried and even sentenced, although they had not committed the crimes for which they had been charged.
The document was based on information gathered by public defenders in 19 criminal courts in the territorial division during the abovementioned period.
In all cases, the facial recognition was made in a police station and was not confirmed later in court.
All defendants were acquitted later, but some of the victims of the errors spent three years in prison.
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