InvestigateTV - Season 3; Episode 8

(InvestigateTV) — This Week on InvestigateTV: An innocent hostage shot nine times by police. And federal courts confirmed that the officers who shot him don’t owe him anything. Brendan Keefe shares the hostage’s story of recovery. Plus, technology marketed as a solution to solving crime is sometimes zeroing in on the wrong people. Ciara Cummings explains why in some cases the search for suspects leaves a trail of new victims. WHERE TO WATCH ICYMI – Watch last week’s episode.

Qualified Immunity: Are police legally allowed to shoot hostages? Yes, according to the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals, which ruled officers have absolute immunity in such cases. Brendan Keefe profiles an unbelievable story of a truck driver who was taken hostage in his logging truck – and then shot multiple times by police to stop the situation – even after dispatchers radioed that the driver was a hostage. The story looks at the legal argument that allows police to shoot a hostage.

False Recognition: Three black men. Three wrongful arrests. One technology. An Atlanta man was arrested for a crime in a city he never visited. Why? Police in Louisiana used Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) to link him to a robbery he did not commit. Before him, it happened to two other fathers in Detroit and New Jersey. All misidentified. Turns out bias is embedded in this software. More and more law enforcement are beginning to use the tech.

Cryptocurrency Scam Destroyed Man’s Life: Cryptocurrency fraud. The FBI says it’s one of the fastest growing scams – one that’s tricked Americans out of more than $1 billion last year. A Portland, Oregan man’s world came crashing down after falling victim to a textbook social media scheme involving cryptocurrency.

Watching Your Wallet – AI Scams: Phone and video scams are nothing new, but thanks to artificial intelligence these scams are getting more sophisticated and believable. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman hears from an expert on common tactics and what you can do to prevent yourself from falling for an AI scam.