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He was arrested because of a computer error. Now he wants to fix the system.

When the Detroit Police Department called Robert Williams, he thought it was a prank. 

The voice on the other end of the line told Williams to turn himself in at the DPD’s Third Precinct. Why? The cop wouldn’t say.  

“I can’t turn myself in if you can’t tell me,” Williams recalls saying. “I said, ‘If you want me, you can come to my house and bring a warrant.'”

But it was late in his work day, and Williams was disturbed enough to head home, calling his wife, Melissa, as he drove. When she answered, the cops were already there. 

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Man wrongfully arrested due to facial recognition software talks about ‘humiliating’ experience

Robert Williams spent more than a day in custody at a Detroit detention center in January after an incorrect facial recognition match led to his wrongful arrest, in what the American Civil Liberties Union alleges is the first such case in the United States.

It’s an experience that has stayed with him.

“I felt empty, I guess,” Williams told NBC News in a television interview. “Humiliated is the only word that I can think of. I felt humiliated to be getting arrested.”

Williams, who is Black, had been mistaken for someone caught on surveillance video shoplifting from a Shinola watch

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