Mass. Gov. Refuses To Back Facial Recognition Tech Ban

By Allison Grande (December 11, 2020, 9:53 PM EST) -- Massachusetts' bid to become the first state in the nation to broadly restrict police from using facial recognition technology hit a snag Thursday, when Gov. Charlie Baker threatened to veto the sweeping police reform bill that housed the proposal unless lawmakers agreed to ax the ban.

Baker, a Republican, sent a 13-page letter to the Democrat-led state legislature detailing his concerns with Senate Bill 2963, a comprehensive package to boost police accountability and oversight in the wake of high-profile police killings of Black people, including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. The state House of Representatives had...

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