If she were interested in examining the actual facts of this case, there’s actually an interesting backstory here!

Spoiler: It wasn’t just dismissed because of some political agenda.
First of all, for context, the alleged behavior at issue came about as law enforcement violently cleared protesters from public streets surrounding the White House ahead of Donald Trump’s photo-op in front of a church. So bad set of facts to begin with.
Here’s the law enforcement narrative about the case. The National Capital Region Facial Recognition Investigative Leads System played a major role in identifying the alleged suspect here. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
In a motion to suppress in June, the defense argued that law enforcement had botched the ID process in this case. Facial recognition "led to an identification procedure that was unreliable and unduly suggestive. The evidence was "fruit of the poisonous tree,” the defense argued.
Defense also pointed out a simple fact: "Facial recognition algorithms are less accurate at identifying African Americans than other racial and ethnic groups.”

Defense argued the court "should not allow algorithmic racism to infect Mr. Peterson’s case.”

The defense argued that the identification process was "hopelessly tainted” and that officers appear to have "assumed that Mr. Peterson must have been the suspect, and used the facial recognition software to rationalize their assumption.”
Here’s the timeline:

06/25/2021: Defense files motion to suppress.

07/07/2021: Prosecution asks for extension to respond.

07/08/2021: Judge sets 7/16/2021 deadline.

07/13/2021: Government backs down, files motion to dismiss.

Pretty critical context there!
Facial recognition is playing a major role in the Jan. 6 Capitol investigation, and that didn’t seem like a case prosecutors wanted to hang their hat on.

It’s actually easier for law enforcement when facial recognition is outsourced.

If a name just drops in their lap from the public, even if it was off of a vetted facial recognition hit, law enforcement can go to town with it. huffpost.com/entry/logan-ba…
When the feds have built a case off of their own facial recognition hit, they’ve REALLY checked all the boxes. They even sent in undercover agents into this defendant’s store after they got a facial recognition hit off his girlfriend’s Instagram account. huffpost.com/entry/facial-r…
Anyway, this is why context and links to primary source documents are so essential. Very easy to hide the ball and spin a bogus narrative with just a few screenshots.
Another complicating factor in this case: the ongoing civil lawsuit over law enforcement’s behavior that day.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Ryan J. Reilly

Ryan J. Reilly Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @ryanjreilly

13 Sep
Hari previously put in a bid to build Trump’s border wall.
“Build that wall. Make America great again.” Story from 2018, with @letsgomathias: huffpost.com/entry/trump-bo…
“Blame the former President of the United States for what's happening to mosques across the United States. Don't blame Ms. Hari. She's nobody." startribune.com/bloomington-mo…
Read 9 tweets
10 Sep
In hearing for Landon Copeland, a federal prosecutor said the FBI was “extremely hesitant” about making arrests in Hildale, Utah, where the police force was under DOJ scrutiny because it was controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Fixed.)
Here’s a @davidgshortell story on the policing situation in the area around the Arizona-Utah border: cnn.com/2017/04/19/us/…
Here’s the 2012 lawsuit filed by DOJ against Colorado City / Hildale: justice.gov/sites/default/…

Here’s the 2016 jury verdict: justice.gov/crt/case-docum…

Here’s the order on the settlement agreement: justice.gov/crt/case-docum…
Read 5 tweets
10 Sep
Great reporting here from @jordangreennc, who had to put in much more effort to get the court documents here than should be necessary.
Feds have been keeping a tight lid on this case from the start, as @letsgomathias and I reported in October: huffpost.com/entry/camp-lej…
It’s a very weird and highly disturbing tale:
Read 6 tweets
9 Sep
NEW: The feds seized an iPhone from an attorney associated with the Oath Keepers in connection with a “seditious conspiracy” investigation.

“I have so much information in there…"

Kellye SoRelle said her phone was “kinda a repository of truth” and that she was frustrated the feds had seized it.

“They either think i am the mastermind or they wanted a free dig through everything ― either way it is unethical.”

Notably, the search warrant mentions 18 USC 2384, the “seditious conspiracy” charge we heard so much about after Jan. 6.

No Capitol defendants have faced that charge, but it’s come up in search warrant in at least one other Jan. 6 case per @SeamusHughes. huffpost.com/entry/oath-kee…
Read 4 tweets
8 Sep
The FBI just released new information about the Jan. 6 Capitol bombing suspect. The bureau believes they were operating out of a location “in the vicinity of Folger Park.”
Here’s footage of the suspect sitting on the bench near the DNC:
And here’s footage of the route they believe the suspect took:
Read 6 tweets
8 Sep
Jan. 6 lawyer John Pierce (!!!) has reemerged in virtual court, telling a court official he’s "hanging in there.” Background from @alanfeuer: nytimes.com/2021/08/31/nyr…
Judge compares John Pierce to a surprise witness.

Pierce tells court says he can “100 percent… no question” represent his client, Stephanie Baez. huffpost.com/entry/stephani…
John Pierce says he’s “good to go” and says he came out of the hospital to thousands of messages and emails.
Read 6 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!