When Pierre D. Martin was arrested on robbery charges, it didn’t seem like an unusual case. There were nearly 12,000 robberies reported to the Chicago Police Department last year, and Martin was charged in two of them after allegedly carrying out daytime stickups on commuter trains. But a July 2013 Chicago Sun-Times article pointed out why Martin’s case stood out: he had been identified using facial recognition technology.

Martin was convicted in June this year. At that time, the state’s attorney, Anita Alvarez, told the Sun-Times: “This case is a great example that these high-tech tools are helping to enhance identification and lead us to defendants that might otherwise evade capture.” But those tools — purchased by CPD through a $5.4 million federal grant — may not be as necessary as Alvarez would have you believe. [Read more]

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