Edmonton Police are urged by supporters to stop using DNA phenotyping technologies

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  • Black-led authorities are calling on Edmonton police to stop using the controversial DNA technology. Earlier this month, police apologized for distributing generic images of black suspects in a 2019 cold-blooded sexual assault case, but the service has not ruled out the use of the technology that produced it.

Phenotyping techniques aim to predict physical appearance and paternity using unverified DNA evidence. This is a controversial practice that has been questioned by genetic scientists.

“It’s troubling to spread a popular image that puts large numbers of black men under suspicion,” the Africa Center and seven other organizations, including the African-Canadian Civic Engagement Council and the Black Women’s Coalition, said on Tuesday. The released letter states: Police Commissioner John McDougal.

“Our community feels traumatized, scapegoated and humiliated. Incidents that demonize and marginalize the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. This practice deepens historic distrust and undermines trust in our police force. ”

“This is a Hail Mary to a woman who has been declared dead…This is the lens I use when making this decision,” said Chief Operating Officer of the Edmonton Police Department’s Community Safety and Human Services Office.  a Okere again acknowledged the “unintended damages associated with the release of highly generalized computer-generated imagery.”

At a police commission meeting on Thursday, police said the service used the technology only once as a last resort in violent sexual assault cases.

He said police are updating their ethics review process to ensure that the use of technology is in the public safety interest on a case-by-case basis.

When asked, police were unable to provide data on the technology’s success rate, but said the release of the images generated clues that could advance the case. The validity of these references was questioned by activist Harun Ali, who spoke at the conference.

He pointed to a photo of himself posted on social media side by side with images released by police. “Any black person you know can be put next to it. To be honest, it probably looks like you,” Ali said. “This is modern day racial profiling.”

Commissioner Jody Karafuu Stonehouse said the commission should develop policies and laws to protect citizens and their constitutional rights while using technology responsibly. “Sexual violence against Indigenous women is disproportionate to non-Indigenous women, so when we see tools that can attack women and hold them accountable for their actions , it’s an opportunity for justice,” she said. The commissioner passed a unanimous motion directing the police to present the commission’s proposals for evaluating current and future use of technology.

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