New Orleans mayor signs it: cops can use facial recognition

New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Thursday signed an ordinance that partly reverses the city’s ban on police use of facial recognition software.

She had pushed for the changes in a ban approved nearly two years ago, when crime was low.

Under the new ordinance, police must get a judge’s approval to use the software and cellphone surveillance towers. And they may use them only to investigate 39 violent crimes, including murder and rape.