AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron investigators say they identified a homicide suspect using facial recognition software made available to police last summer through Ohio's law enforcement information-sharing system.
A spokeswoman for Ohio's attorney general tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/LXW8Nz ) she's not aware of other homicide cases that were closed because of the facial recognition software.
Akron police say they used the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway database to help identify a photograph obtained during the investigation of a Monday robbery and shooting death. The database includes driver's license photos.
The 37-year-old man identified as a potential match to the photo was arrested after follow-up interviews. He is one of three suspects in the case.
Critics call the facial recognition technology intrusive. A state panel studying access to the information-sharing system recommended stricter access requirements.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com