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Instagram Influencer Sues The NYPD For $30M After They Misused Her Image On A 'Wanted' Poster

In this case, the influence that comes with being a social media influencer can be detrimental to a person’s social life. According to the New York Post, Eva Lopez is suing the NYPD “for defamation, libel, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence” after the police used her photo on a wanted poster for a robbery. After a friend contacted Lopez about the situation at hand, she soon learned that she was a wanted woman, which she notes left her in disbelief. “I thought it was something fake,” said the Instagram influencer, who also happens to be a native of Queens. “I really couldn’t believe the police would put me on a wanted poster.”

Mar 14, 2022

The NYPD Is Using Pattern Recognition Software To Solve Crimes

The New York City Police Department has revealed its use of Patternizr, a new tool that lets officers quickly sort through case files, as reported by The Washington Post . The software works by using automated pattern-recognition algorithms, allowing it to sort through “hundreds of thousands” of NYPD records. It specifically looks for similarities, or patterns, between cases. Right now, the software pretty much focuses on theft and larceny. Looking through records to link certain crimes to each other is something that would typically require countless manual hours. Patternizr cuts down on time, which could ultimately save the department money in the long run. In addition, The Washington Post reported that it’s a comprehensive system, looking into all of New York’s 77 precincts. That allows analysts to see what’s going on across the entire city with ease. Patternizr has been in use since 2016, but the NYPD only publicly shared it in an issue of INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics...

Mar 11, 2019