A man with a facial recognition grid laid over his face.

The $10,000 worth of Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags that were stolen in Louisiana have never been seen by RandallReid. That didn't stop police from arresting the 28-year-old Georgia resident for the theft, committed in a New Orleans suburb, based on an automated guess at what his face looked like When the cops picked him up, he was on his way to a Thanksgiving dinner with his mom. He was locked up for a long period of time.

According to the New Orleans Advocate, a facial recognition tool identified Reid as a suspect in the theft of the luxury purses, and that was all the police needed to arrest him. Tommy Calogero said that he is 40 pounds lighter than the criminal in the video. Calogero said that law enforcement admitted that the false match was true.

Calogero said they went out on a limb to make an arrest.

The usefulness of facial recognition is not perfect. People of color and women are more likely to be identified by technology than white men. Law enforcement officials say that facial recognition is only good for generating leads and should not be used as the sole basis for arrest warrants. There are very few rules for technology. Cops take face recognition seriously.

A number of seemingly innocent Black men have ended up in jail due to facial recognition's errors. At least three people have been wrongly arrested because of facial recognition technology, and it's a troubling and growing trend, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Garvie saidFacial recognition offers the promise of accurate and swift identification in circumstances where law enforcement might not have other ways to identify suspects. Law enforcement officials use technology for the sole purpose of making arrests.

The world has a lot of facial recognition technology. We don't know how these tools are utilized. 13 out of 14 federal government agencies told Congress they have no idea how often they use facial recognition technology.

There was a growing movement to ban law enforcement's use of technology, with legislatures across the country instituting facial recognition prohibitions for their police forces. California, Virginia, and New Orleans quietly undid their face recognition ban, despite the fact that that movement lost steam.

Rules about how police use facial recognition are in New Orleans. Police policy says the tech should only be used to generate leads and that all possible matches have to go through peer review. Most of the country is able to use facial recognition without restriction. Most of the time, prosecutors don't have to tell you that facial recognition was involved in the investigation.

Garvie maintained that that violates defendants constitutional rights. The Brady Rule requires prosecutors to give evidence that could be used in a trial. Garvie said that the technology should be applied whenever it is used. The court has yet to adopt that logic.

The use of facial recognition by law enforcement agencies has been going on for two decades. According to experts, we don't know how many people are in prison.

Evan Selinger is a scholar-in-residence at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. High-tech options that are deeply flawed and highly controversial can have good short-term optics.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has kept quiet about the case. The department denied a formal request for an arrest warrant and didn't reveal details about its facial recognition policies.

For the better part of a century, an untold number of people were convicted of crimes using fake forensic science. The US is waiting for case law to decide how police should use facial recognition technology. Innocent people will go to jail for crimes they didn't commit while we watch them fight their way through the courts.