The defense argued that the man was in the California city of Sacramento when the robbery was committed. Because of the mistake, he asked for compensation of 10 million dollars.
A Texas resident is suing the EssilorLuxottica corporation and the Macy’s department store chain for wrongful imprisonment after being identified as having committed an armed robbery through a facial recognition system, CBS reported last week. Wednesday.
In January 2022, an attack took place at a Sunglass Hut store owned by EssilorLuxottica, located in the Texas city of Houston. During that time, two armed individuals stole thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise.
The complaint filed by plaintiff Harvey Murphy, 61, details that local authorities immediately began investigating the events. Afterwards, EssilorLuxottica’s head of loss prevention, Anthony Pfleger, contacted the police to report that they had identified the thief.
According to the lawsuit, videos of the robbery were fed into Macy’s facial recognition program, which identified Murphy as one of the perpetrators. It was also mentioned that the system concluded that he had also committed other robberies.
Ultimately, an arrest warrant was issued for Murphy after a store employee testified that he was the one who attacked her. In October 2022, Murphy was arrested and booked into the Harris County jail while trying to renew his driver’s license.
According to the plaintiff’s lawyers, he was in the city of Sacramento, California, when the robbery was committed. They also argue that facial recognition is prone to errors, in addition to the fact that the cameras are of low quality, which increases the chances that the system will fail to identify a suspect.
Prosecutors released the victim and dismissed the charges after he was in jail for almost two weeks. Murphy reported that during his arrest, he was attacked by three men, leaving him “scarred for life.”
In the lawsuit, he is seeking $10 million in damages, saying his arrest and imprisonment were the product of gross negligence by the company that uses the facial recognition system.