COPS have fined a pedestrian £90 for covering his face as he walked past a controversial facial recognition camera.
Officers sparked new Big Brother fears by grabbing the bloke as he walked past a surveillance van in Romford, East London.
The software – which cross-checks photos of pedestrians against a database of wanted criminals – recently came under fire after incorrectly identifying members of the public in a staggering 96 per cent of cases.
The man blasted: “If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face. Don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.”
“How would you like it if you walked down the street and someone grabbed your shoulder? You wouldn’t like it, would you?”
But the officer replied: “Calm yourself down or you’re going in handcuffs. It’s up to you. Wind your neck in.”
FINED £90 FOR HIDING FACE
The man snapped back: “You wind your neck in.”
He was reportedly fined £90 at the scene for disorderly conduct.
He said: “The chap told me down the road – he said they’ve got facial recognition. So I walked past like that (covering my face).
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“It’s a cold day as well. As soon as I’ve done that, the police officer’s asked me to come to him. So I’ve got me back up. I said to him ‘f*** off’, basically.
“I said ‘I don’t want me face shown on anything. If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face, it’s not for them to tell me not to cover me face.
“I’ve got a now £90 fine, here you go, look at that. Thanks lads, £90. Well done.”
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