what-do-i-know-about-corrupt-cops-my-family-owned-a-fewThe Seattle Police Department is preparing to purchase a new facial recognition software program with a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security.  Set to be purchased next month, the software will reportedly be used to scan and compare surveillance video to the city’s mugshot database. With the city facing mounting opposition for several other privacy issues, police were quick to claim that the software would only be used when surveillance video of a suspected crime was obtained. “An officer has to reasonably believe that a person has been involved in a crime or committed a crime,” Seattle Police Asst. Chief Carmen Best said. Despite reassurances from the city and police, surveillance-weary residents pointed to the city’s continued abuses with surveillance technology. “I think the Seattle Police Department have a well earned reputation for distrust by the public,” privacy advocate Phil Mocek said during a city council meeting Wednesday. One group in particular, the Seattle Privacy Coalition, compared the city’s actions to the the federal government’s never-ending domestic surveillance rollout. More