Springfield mayor unsupportive of proposed ban on facial recognition technology


CLAPPROOD ON THIS PERMANENT POSITION. CIARA: THE SPRINGFIELD CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING A BAN ON USING FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY IN CONJUNCTION WITH POLICE BODY CAMERAS.. 22NEWS REPORTER SYDNEY SNOW IS LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD.. WHERE SHE SPOKE WITH MAYOR SARNO ABOUT HIS OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED BAN. SYDNEY SNOW: MAYOR SARNO THINKS THE BAN OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WOULD REMOVE A VALUABLE OPTION FOR SPRINGFIELD POLICE. SPRINGFIELD CITY COUNCILOR ORLANDO RAMOS PROPOSED A BAN ON USING FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY IN ANTICIPATION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT PURCHASING AND USING BODY CAMERAS. RAMOS SAID FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN OCCASIONALLY INEFFECTIVE IN IDENTIFYING PEOPLE, AND THAT BANNING IT WOULD HELP PROTECT RESIDENTS’ PRIVACY. SYDNEY SNOW SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO STRONGLY OPPOSES THE CITY COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION TO BAN FACIAL RECOGNITION TENCHOLOGY. HE THINKS IT IS A WAY TO KEEP VIOLENT CRIMINALS OFF THE STREETS. MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO – MAYOR OF SPRINGFIELD WHY TAKE AWAY AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT TO GET THESE TYPES OF VIOLENT REPEAT CRIMINAL OFFENDERS OFF OUR STREETS WE SHOULD NOT TAKE AWAY THE OPTION RAMOS SAID THE COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THE ORDINANCE BEFORE THE END OF OCTOBER. IN A STATEMENT MAYOR SARNO SAID HE WOULD VETO THE CITY COUNCIL’S ORDINANCE IF THE COUNCIL APPROVES IT. SPRINGFIELD POLICE OFFICERS WILL BEGIN TESTING OUT BODY CAMERAS FROM FOUR DIFFERENT COMPANIES OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, SYDNEY SNOW: THE SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT ANTICIPATES OFFICERS WILL BEGIN WEARING BODY CAMERAS BEFORE THE END OF

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