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Rashida Tlaib Makes Racist Comments to Detroit Police Chief

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib speaks at an NAACP town hall event in September 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib speaks at an NAACP town hall event in September 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib sparred with Detroit Police Chief James Craig over the use of law enforcement’s facial recognition technology. Police Chief Craig, a seasoned law enforcement professional, stood stunned as Rashida Tlaib proceeded to explain racism to him.

Congresswoman Tlaib (of  Arab decent) told Detroit Police Chief Craig (a Black man) that analysts should only be African Americans because “non-African Americans” think all black people look alike.

Detroit Police Chief Craig called Tlaib’s remarks “racist,” later adding that if he said the same thing, people would have demanded his resignation:

“It’s a double standard. Certainly as a police chief of this city, if I had made a similar comment, people would be outraged. They would be calling for my resignation. My police officers are held to the same standard. If they make a racially insensitive comment — and we’ve seen it happen, where I’ve investigated and terminated.. so this is serious. And the men and women who work in that real time crime center who are trained professionals, a very diverse unit, I met with them this afternoon, [they’re] troubled.”

People would have demanded his resignation had he said the same thing because Tlaib’s comments were deeply racist, as Clarion’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi points out.

Facial profiling technology is not without it’s controversies, but Detroit Police Chief Craig points out that the technology is one of many tools at the hands of highly trained professionals.

Debate over law enforcement’s use of facial technology kicked off in August of this year when Rashida Tlaib blasted the Detroit Police Department’s use of the software.

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