Seattle Police Union Objected To Use Of Body-Cam Analysis Tech And Alleges Officers Were ‘Spied On’

The Seattle Police Department discontinued its use of an artificial intelligence platform designed to analyze body-cam footage because of pushback from the union that represents officers.

Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told GeekWire on Thursday that “basically the department was spying on their employees” and that the union objected to SPD’s use of technology from Chicago-based startup Truleo.

“None of that was ever bargained with the union and the city. This is the first we’ve heard of it,” Solan said of the use of the technology to analyze body-cam audio in search of potentially inappropriate officer behavior. “It’s in violation of our current [collective bargaining agreement] in terms of the accountability process.”

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