Man Sues City of Chicago, Claiming Its AI Wrongly Imprisoned Him


Upon exoneration after nearly a year in jail, 65-year-old Chicago resident Michael Williams has filed a lawsuit against the city on grounds that a controversial AI program called ShotSpotter led to his essentially evidence-less arrest, The Associated Press reports.

Filed by Williams in cooperation with human rights advocacy group The MacArthur Project, the federal suit alleges that officers put “blind faith” in the gunshot-locating tech, which not only led to an undue arrest, but ultimately stopped police from pursuing other leads as well.

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If the suit is won, Chicago might have to cease all ShotSpotter activity. And given that the city quietly renewed its $33 million contract with the tech company last year, the case could be an inflection point in the rollout of AI-assisted policing if Williams is victorious.


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