Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) made a racially stereotypical outburst while arguing for an all-black facial recognition team in the city of Detroit on Monday.
“Analysts need to be African Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib said. “I think non-African Americans think African Americans all look the same. ”
“I’ve seen it even on the House floor: People calling Elijah Cummings ‘John Lewis,’ and John Lewis ‘Elijah Cummings,’ and they’re totally different people,” Tlaib added, referencing the black Democratic Congressional leaders. “I see it all the time, and I love them because they go along with it.”
Tlaib was invited into Public Safety Headquarters to view how facial recognition software was being developed by the Detroit police after she had made profane comments about the system on her Twitter account.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 20, 2019
.@detroitpolice I'm in.
I would ask that you please review the 2 @OversightDems hearings (Part I & II: https://t.co/VhCYvPajXe ) on facial recognition & see the indisputable data that it's flawed. Residents are very concerned. I can share what I've found during the visit. https://t.co/M2ax88LGyF
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 20, 2019
Tlaib was defiant during her tour of the facility, hassling Detroit police chief James Craig for his use of facial recognition software to keep criminals off the streets in one of America’s most violent and desolate cities.
“Even my Republican colleagues were very concerned about facial recognition, because all this information in databases offers no protections for our residents,” Tlaib said to Craig.
“We don’t disagree with the concerns,” Craig said. “If you’d be patient with me and let me go through this.”
Tlaib cut Craig off before he could fully explain the process of how the facial recognition technology works.
“We know it’s close to a 60% error rate because it doesn’t identify black people; you know that, Chief. Chief, the error rate among African Americans, especially women, 60%,” Tlaib said.
“I understand the technology,” Craig said. “That’s why I’m taking you through it personally.”
“I know,” Tlaib said. “Just see if you can get some of our money back before we fix it.”
“No,” Craig replied.
21-year-old Davevion Dawson, who is suspected of felonious assault and possessing illegal weapons, was used presented as an example of the technology being effective. Crime analysis supervisor Andrew Rutebuka was able match him with an old police mugshot.
“That’s him,” Rutebuka said.
Tlaib was not convinced. “How do you know? You can’t say it’s him; it’s allegedly him. That’s the lawyer talk in me. It’s his life we’re talking about,” she said.
“Let me stop you right there,” Craig responded. “It’s his life, but guess who else’s life? The victim’s. We never talk about the victims. What about that victim’s rights? What about the family of the victim? What about their justice?”
“Do you guys have witnesses as well?” Tlaib asked.
“Yes,” Craig said.
“The warrant wasn’t issued solely based on this, was it?” Tlaib snapped back.
Craig lamented. “No, it wasn’t,” he said. “Work with me. Work with me.”
Tlaib’s spokesman Denzel McCampbell defended Tlaib’s divisive remarks after the fact, claiming there is science that backs up her assertion.
“The studies (Tlaib mentioned are) related to cross-race effect or other-race effect,” McCampbell said in an email, referencing a study conducted by psychology professors at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. “This has shown that individuals are less accurate when identifying people from a race other than their own.”
“Detroit has a black population of more than 80%, so that is where her basis came from and what she was trying to convey when it comes to accurate identification,” McCampbell added.
Craig does not buy the explanation and believes Tlaib’s comments were offensive and bigoted.
“It’s insulting,” Craig said. “We have a diverse group of crime analysts, and what she said — that non-whites should not work in that capacity because they think all black people look alike — is a slap in the face to all the men and women in the crime center.”
He maintains that all his officers are trained to combat bias, but the idea that segregation should be implemented is completely out-of-bounds.
“That’s something we train for, and it’s valuable training, but to say people should be barred from working somewhere because of their skin color? That’s racist,” Craig said.
EXPOSED: Sen. Richard Burr’s Crony Connections to Casino Magnate Widely Accused of Corruption
Burr’s an anti-Trump swamp politician renowned for his cronyism.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has been working against the will of his own state, lobbying for the interests of a foreign Indian tribe and a casino magnate with a history of indictments, to essentially override the will of the people.
The Kings Mountain casino has been a hot button issue for years in North and South Carolina, with the Catawba tribe seeking to build the facility. The Catawba is located in South Carolina where their laws prevent Indian casinos that are permitted in other states. The tribe is attempting to cross state boundaries to get their casino built in North Carolina, where the gaming laws are more relaxed. This has angered the surrounding community.
“The casino industry thrives off of things against Christian values,” said pastor Alton Beal, who organizes the group, “Say NO to a Casino in Cleveland County.”
Beal’s group gathered 1,200 signatures last year from community leaders for a letter released in a local paper opposing the casino.
Sen. Burr has partnered with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to take the power away from the people of North Carolina. They proposed federal legislation last year that would allow the Catawba tribe to build the controversial casino while basically circumventing objections from the public. This has enraged other Indian tribes as well, who argue that Catawba is receiving special privileges due to working the system.
“We encourage the Catawba Indian Nation to go through the same proper process in their home state of South Carolina that we have worked through for decades as partners with our state of North Carolina,” said Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI).
“As it stands, this bill would create a harmful precedent — the first time Congress has expressly authorized an Indian tribe to acquire land into trust simply for owning and operating an off-reservation casino,” Sneed added.
The Catawba tribe has made in-roads with RINO swamp senators such as Burr and Graham due in part to their close association with Wallace Cheves, a gaming kingpin who has been indicted for fraud, illegal gambling, and money laundering. The state of Alabama successfully sued Cheves for running illegal casinos, and he has been accused by South Carolina officials of violating gaming laws in that state. Cheves has paid at least $16,000 to Burr through his various political entities. Despite Burr’s best efforts, the legislation never made it out of committee on the Senate floor for a full vote.
Burr’s legislation was listed in a federal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court against the Interior Department by the EBCI and several other plaintiffs. The complaint details Cheves’ maneuvering to reinterpret the law for his own ends, wheeling and dealing at every level to boost his investments. After buying off Burr, Cheves focused on influencing bureaucrats in the Interior Department to change their enforcement of the rules, which was ultimately successful.
“On March 12, 2020, Defendant [Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tara] Sweeney issued a decision directing the transfer of the Kings Mountain site into trust for the Catawba and determining that the Catawba could lawfully game at the Kings Mountain site under IGRA,” the complaint reads.
The EBCI hopes to have the federal decision overturned by the courts, which would prevent the new casino from being built in a community that does not want to see it opened. Even though his legislation failed, Burr penned a derisive op/ed slamming Cheves’ legal opponents for “bullying” other Indian tribes for wanting them to follow the law as it has been understood for decades.
“Whether it’s the Lumbees or one mother’s home, it seems that nothing is too big or too small for the Cherokee to oppose if it affects their bottom line. I hope North Carolina rejects such bullying tactics from any tribe and considers each case, including the Catawbas’ and the Lumbees’, on its merits. The stakes are too high,” Burr wrote.
Burr gained infamy earlier this year regarding allegations of insider trading, but that is far from his only indiscretion. This lawmaker truly embodies everything that is wrong about Washington D.C.
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