DRACO, Event, facial recgnition technology

Facial Recognition Hearing Event

Speak out on facial recognition policy!

Wear masks!

Monday November 4th

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Wayne County Community College District. Eastern Campus
Reginal Training Center Room
5901 Conner St. Detroit, MI 48213

The City Council can support or block the current policy that allows the DPD to use facial recognition technology with legislative action.

This is your chance to let your voices be heard.

At a previous event Councilman Roy McCalister Jr. made it clear that he favored it, and the community showed him they didn’t concur.This is in District 4, so please urge any friends or family from D4 to show up. The more the better, but people from the District vote for their district’s councilman. So it will be in Andre’ Spivey’s interest to pay close attention to his constituents.

Also, word gets back to the at-large council members, if they hear a lot of push back on FRT coming from the district meetings, they best take notice too.

Tell it to the Mayor a the Charter Mandated Meeting

This meeting will be followed by the District 4 Mandated Community Meeting at 7:00 PM… just down the street:

Join Mayor Mike Duggan for a District 4 Chartered Mandated Community Meeting.

Jemison Temple
12530 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48215

The community meeting begins at 7 pm and adjourns promptly at 8:30 pm.

Free parking at the church.

This meeting is part of a series of community meeting as outlined in the 2012 Detroit City Charter.

For more information, please contact Keeley Walker @ (313) 224-3392

DRACO, Open Meetings Act, Oversight, Police Commission

BOPC Doubles Down on Illegal Meetings

The majority of the BOPC voted against Commissioner Burton’s motion to stop breaking the law…

Detroit, MI – The Board of Police Commissioners, as a body, has gone on record as opposing compliance with this law. On August 29th Fifth District Commissioner Willie E. Burton made a motion to comply with the Open Meetings Act by changing the venue to a location where persons would not be required to identify themselves as a condition of entry. The motion was seconded by First District Commissioner Darryl D. Brown. The motion failed with only Seventh District Commissioner William Davis joining Burton and Brown in support of compliance. The remaining commissioners present voted against compliance. They were Chair Sixth District Commissioner Lisa Carter, Co-Chair Commissioner Eva Garza Dewaelsche, Third District Commissioner Shirley A. Burch and Fourth District Commissioner Willie E. Bell. At-large Commissioners Elizabeth Brooks and Annie Holt also voted against compliance. At-large Commissioner Rev. Jim Holley, PhD and Second District Commissioner Evette Griffie were absent at the time of the aforementioned vote.

The following statement was in a News Release that went out on August 7th.

Community Activists To Hold Press Conference On Illegal BOPC Meetings

Detroit, MI – For the past few years most Board of Police Commissioner (BOPC) meetings have been at the Public Safety Headquarters at 1301 Third Street.  In order to attend those meetings, security requires community members to present identification.  Now some of those community members are crying foul.

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) Founder Scotty Boman and Michigan National Action Network (NAN) Vice President Lori Parks Will be making comments and answering questions before the meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners which starts at 6:00 PM on Thursday August 8th.  Both Parks and Boman have been repeatedly denied entry to BOPC meetings at the headquarters in spite of asserting their rights under the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The Charter of the City of Detroit requires the Board of Police Commissioners to comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

According to the Michigan Open Meetings Act 267 of 1976. Section 15.263. Sec. 3. (4):

“A person shall not be required as a condition of attendance at a meeting of a public body to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance.”

At their June 27th meeting ACLU Attorney Ralph Simpson informed the Commissioners of this portion of the law during public comments. He said he assumed they were unaware of the law, but from that point forward they should consider themselves notified.

“It is blatantly irrational and absurd for an organization that is charged with the civilian oversight of law enforcement, to brazenly and willfully conspire to commit crimes on a routine basis.”

At their meeting on August 1st Boman informed them that there were significant criminal penalties for their actions and that commissioners wishing to distance themselves from the violations should make motions to end the practice.  The portion cited by Boman read:

“15.272 Violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
Sec. 12. (1) A public official who intentionally violates this act is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.
(2) A public official who is convicted of intentionally violating a provision of this act for a second time within the same term shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $2,000.00, or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.”

 

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Position Statement on Facial Recognition Technology

Police Chief Craig and Mayor Duggan have assured the people of Detroit that the Detroit Police Department won’t use facial recognition technology to track Detroiters and visitors in real time.  They have also assured us that there would be strict guidelines for the use of this technology with still images.

While this may seem comforting, we at DRACO retain serious concerns regarding any continued use of this technology by law enforcement.

Credibility is central to any policy statement or promise. The process of establishing a policy on this matter just became an agenda item for the Board of Police Commissioners a few months ago, but the Office of Contracting and Procurement has been looking into the purchase of real-time and still facial recognition systems since 2015.  Systems with this capability were already being deployed in 2017, and the Detroit Police Department apparently withheld details of the facial recognition component of Project Green Light from the BOPC and Green Light partners when it was presented to them and the public.

The significance of this is evident in that some of the strongest supporters of project Green Light are now vocally opposed to facial recognition technology.  Clearly, withholding this information served to enable the broad deployment of a system that would be compatible with the full-spectrum of facial recognition applications without informed oversight.

Policies assuring limitations on use, or the enumeration of extreme exceptions, is inadequate when the capability to do otherwise is ever-present.  Promises of compliance ring disingenuous when past transparency is so lacking.  Add to this that the oversight organization for the DPD has steadfastly exercised gross indifference for clearly stated laws like the Open Meetings Act.

Even a best case scenario, where policies are earnestly complied with, leaves open room for a complete reversal amidst a crisis or a change in leadership.  Furthermore there is the likelihood of abuse by staff member entrusted with this technology.  Such abuse by colleagues was what motivated Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on the NSA, for instance.

But even if all persons are presently serving with the utmost integrity, technology that enables invasions of privacy can easily be turned against the populace when there is a regime change or shift in power.  Just turn to the headlines to see how the relatively free people of Hong Kong now see themselves on the brink of being absorbed into the malevolent surveillance state that is mainland China.

But what about those still images?  The well-documented failure of this software to correctly identify people of color is just as severe with still images as with real-time systems.  This problem has earned the use of facial recognition technology the label “Techno-racism.”  Clearly there is a serious disconnect between some decision makers and members of the community who wonder why a system that chronically misidentifies African Americans is being deployed in a predominantly African American city.

Misidentification can lead to hardship for the innocent.  Chief Craig has assured us that a human being will make the final decision on identification, but there is bound to be a bias in favor of agreeing with the initial impression that could reinforce misidentification in borderline cases.  The counter argument is that these are fixable problems, but the simple fact is that the problem is not fixed, and the DPD should suspend use of facial recognition technology on still images at least until this problem is resolved to the satisfaction of experts and the majority of voters in Detroit.

Therefore, it is the position of DRACO that there be a moratorium on the deployment of facial-recognition-ready hardware and the installment of facial recognition software from DPD computers. Its use should be discontinued for the foreseeable future.

This information was read at a forum at Red Door Digital in Detroit which DRACO supported:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/those-opposed-to-facial-recognition-technology-bring-fight-to-state-government

https://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-police-commissioners-to-give-more-details-on-use-of-facial-recognition-technology

https://wdet.org/posts/2019/09/06/88588-activists-call-for-ballot-initiative-on-police-use-of-facial-recognition-tech/#.XXSEYn4F0wI.twitter

 

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July 11th will be Facial Privacy Day!

Celebrate facial privacy in the biggest masquerade party of the Summer!

Protest the proliferation of facial recognition cameras in public places by wearing a mask or a veil in all public places and in your cars.

Note that you must be able to see clearly while driving and that it is illegal to use a mask to commit a crime. Beyond that it is your right secured in the First Amendment.

For Detroiters the peak of the protest will be at the Board of Police Commissioners meeting starting at 6:30 PM at the Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood Street, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

Since your face is your ID with this technology, it is illegal for anyone to deny you to
wear the mask at the meeting. The Michigan Open meetings act says, “A person shall not be required as a condition of attendance at a meeting of a public body to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance.” http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-15-263

The Detroit City Charter says, “All meetings shall be held in accordance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act.”

Here’s a little background on this issue and the BOPC failing to provide adequate oversight:
https://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-police-defend-facial-recognition-technology-amid-criticism

Facial Privacy Day! Board of Police Commissioners Masquerade Event

Facebook RSVP link:
Charter Commission Meeting in South-West Detroit
Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, Event, Events, Oversight, Revision

Citizens Focus Group (CFG) Summit 5:00 PM 06-17-2019

Their will be a Citizens Focus Group (CFG) Summit on Monday, June 17th at 5:00 PM. The Summit will be held at DABO Center 12048 Grand River Detroit, MI. Each leader of a CFG will have 15 minute presentation.

Eric Blount will be there to present the revisions many of you have recommended at our meetings.

One purpose of the Summit will be to determine areas where our suggested revisions overlap, so that we can reconcile any inconsistencies that result from them. Please take careful note of these so we may address these matters at future meetings.

The Meeting Agenda is here.

The Civilian Oversight Summary is here.

The Detailed Recommended Civilian Oversight Revisions are here.

News Conference On The Eve of Jones Trial in 2018
DRACO, Event, Events, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission, Police Community Relations

Civilian Oversight Activists Demand Consequences for Dewayne Jones

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder
Phone: (313) 247-2052
scottyboman@hotmail.com

Draco.Life

 

April 30th, 2019

Civilian Oversight Activists Demand Consequences for Dewayne Jones

Detroit, MI – Members of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) are unhappy with how an unarmed woman (referred to in court by the pseudonym “Shelby Smith”)**, was treated by Corporal Dewayne Jones at Detroit Receiving hospital, and have announced a news conference to talk about it on the eve of his sentencing hearing. He was convicted of misdemeanor assault on March 20th. They will be joined by other activists who believe he must serve time for his violent crime.  They are also disturbed by the fact that he remains a police officer in spite of the conviction.

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.) founder Scotty Boman will hold a news conference across from the Detroit 36th District Court at 2:00 PM on Tuesday April 30th.  The Court is located at 421 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226. He will be joined by other activists who believe that Dewayne Jones used excessive force last summer, and that he must face substantial consequences for his crime.

“Last Thursday Chief Craig told me that Jones still has his job.  How is it that the DPD keeps a violent criminal in this position while firing people for non-criminal misconduct?  Members of the community don’t have much faith in the justice system and expect Jones to get off easy. Misdemeanors have low maximum sentences, but he must see the inside of a cell to ensure that he and the community know that there is no preferential treatment for police and that violence will not be tolerated.”

In August 2018 a cell phone video surfaced that captured Detroit Police Corporal Dwayne Jones repeatedly punching a naked, unarmed woman as other officers restrained her (and one tried to pull him off her). Shortly after this Police Chief Craig suspended Jones with pay. On December 3rd 2018 the Wayne County prosecutor’s office arraigned Jones on felony misconduct and misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

On January 15th Thirty Sixth District Court Judge Cylenthia Miller dismissed the felony misconduct in office charge against Detroit Police Corporal Dewayne Jones in connection with the beating. He was found guilty of assault on March 20th and the court scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 1st.

A sentencing for Jones is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday May 1st in the courtroom (Rm. 339) of Kenneth J. King.  (case #1806106901).

Activists will also be available for comment on Wednesday at 8:30 AM at the same location.

 

* Scotty Boman founded DRACO to educate the public on the roll of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners.

** Previous releases by DRACO referred to the victim by her true name, but since the court is using a different name we are assuming this is at her request and are respecting her wishes.

 

-END-

Spirit of Detroit
Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, Event, Events, Oversight, Police Commission

Civilian oversight (BOPC) Focus Group. Meeting Details

The second Community Focus Group for Civilian Oversight

When: Thu, April 18, 6:45pm – 8:45pm
Where: 651 Manistique St, Detroit, MI 48215, USA (map)
Description: Doors open at 6:30 PM Parking is available in back by using the driveway and in the adjacent side-lot. RSVP required.
Please RSVP to: Scotty Boman (313) 247-2052 [Voice only] email: scottyboman@hotmail.com

This Community Focus Group (CFG) will be focused on portions of the current and future Detroit City Charter that concerns civilian oversight of the Detroit Police Department,  especially the Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC).
We have scheduled our meeting for:
Thursday March 28th at 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM
(Please arrive earlier if you wish to order dinner). * 

Tijuana’s Authentic Mexican Kitchen
18950 Ford Rd, Detroit, MI 48228

* Some soft drinks or appetizers may be provided but we have no budget, so contributions toward shared items will be welcome
If you see any posts suggesting a different date, please disregard them.
Please send any of the following to scottyboman@hotmail.com :
  • Suggested changes to the charter (concerning the BOPC).*
  • What aspects of the current charter (concerning the BOPC) do you wish to preserve.
  • Any new ideas that may not relate directly to any section of the current charter.
* Suggested changes should be composed in a manner whereby it is clear what will be deleted and what no words will be inserted.   The standard way of doing this is to present the entire section that will be effected, but use red strike-through font for the portions to be removed, and use bold or underlined blue print for new content.

Here is a summary of parts of the current charter that we will be discussing:

ARTICLE 7. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH: PROGRAMS, SERVICES and ACTIVITIES CHAPTER 8. POLICE

Please refer to Pages 66 – 69 of the original PDF document:

https://detroitmi.gov/document/city-detroit-2012-charter

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/2018-05/2_29_2012_CharterDocument_2_1_WITHOUT_COMMENTARY_1.pdf

Sec. 7-802. Board of Police Commissioners Sec. 7-803. Duties of the Board of Police Commissioners

Sec. 7-804. Staff.

Sec. 7-805. Chief of Police.

Sec. 7-807. Discipline.

Sec. 7-809. Resolution of Complaints.

Here is content mentioned on other pages (likely to overlap with other focus groups and with committees other than Public Agency):

ARTICLE 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 2-105. Definitions and Rules of Construction.

A.  As used in this Charter:

12. District or ward means a district drawn on a geographical basis, which constitutes a political unit from which members of the City Council, Board of Police Commissioners and Community Advisory Councils are elected.

13. Elective officers means the Mayor, each member of the City Council, elected Board of Police Commissioners and the City Clerk.

ARTICLE 3. ELECTIONS

Sec. 3-105. City Elections and City Council Initiated Ballot Proposals.

If a vacancy occurs in an elective office of the Board of Police Commissioners it shall be filled by the Mayor with a resident from the relevant district, subject to City Council approval. If City Council does not disapprove the appointment within thirty (30) days of the appointment it will be deemed confirmed. The appointed person shall serve until an elected member takes office. The election to fill the vacant position shall occur at the next general election to be held not sooner than one hundred eighty (180) days after occurrence of the vacancy.

Sec. 3-107. Elective Officers of the City.

The elective officers of the city are the Mayor, the nine (9) members comprising the City Council, the City Clerk and seven (7) elected Board of Police Commissioners.

Sec. 3-109. Nominating Petitions.

In the initial election, where a candidate is seeking nomination to the office of district elected Police Commissioner, the candidate’s petition shall be signed by a number of voters of the district equal to not more than one percent (1%) nor less than one-fourth percent (1/4%) of the number resulting when the total number of votes cast at the preceding Regular City General Election for all offices of the City Council members is divided by nine (9). In succeeding elections the candidate’s petitions shall be signed by a number of voters of the district equal to not more than one percent (1%) nor less than one-fourth percent (1/4%) of the number resulting when the total number of votes cast at the preceding Regular City General Election for all offices of elected Board of Police Commissioners is divided by seven (7).

Sec. 3-111. Residency Requirement for Elective Officers.

2. City Council and Board of Police Commissioners.

In addition to being a resident for one (1) year, as required above, candidates for City Council and the Board of Police Commissioners shall be bona fide residents of their districts and must maintain their principal residence in their districts for one (1) year immediately preceding election or appointment and throughout their tenure in that office.

Contact:
Scotty Boman
Civilian oversight CFG Chair/facilitator
(313) 247-2052 [Voice Only]