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Civilian board OKs use of facial recognition by Detroit cops

DETROIT (AP) — A board that oversees Detroit police has approved the use of facial recognition technology to investigate crimes.

The software has been used since 2018. But The Detroit News reports that Chief James Craig wanted a permanent policy.

Images from video surveillance are fed into software, which can search databases and social media for a possible match. Craig says three staff members must agree there’s a match before the information is shared with investigators.

The American Civil Liberties Union had urged the Board of Police Commissioners to reject the policy. Critics say facial recognition amounts to mass racial profiling in a city that is about 80 percent black.

Commissioners approved the policy, 8-3, Thurs­day. Craig, who is black, says the technology is used to “keep the community safe.”


Dinsmore lawyer John Mackewich selected for Leadership Detroit

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP announced last week that John D. Mackewich has been named to the 2020 Leadership Detroit class. The class showcases 70 leaders across Southeast Michigan who aim to create awareness and bring positive change to their communities.

At Dinsmore, Mackewich represents domestic and international companies and individuals in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, debt and equity financing, franchising, business structures and relationships, securities and venture capital. He has experience with public company securities compliance, including SEC periodic reporting, proxy materials, registration issues, public disclosure issues and corporate governance.

Mackewich earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.


Orchestra Hall marking centennial many ways

DETROIT (AP) — An acoustical and architectural gem in Detroit is turning 100, and the milestone is being marked in numerous ways.

Centennial celebrations for Orchestral Hall include a free concert on Oct. 23 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which makes its home on the stage. Orchestra officials say the venerated hall’s grand opening was on Oct. 23, 1919, and next month’s concert is dubbed “A Century of Pops.”

The DSO’s season launches Oct. 4-6 with a restaging of the opening concert, featuring pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Weber. The ensemble plans to perform other works presented during its first season at Orchestra Hall throughout the year.

The anniversary also is being celebrated with a commemorative book, documentary and exhibition created with the Detroit Historical Society and Museum.