Utah Halts Crime-Detection Deal Over Company's Past KKK Ties
Utah’s attorney general has suspended a $20.7 million contract with a technology company amid reports that its founder once belonged to a white supremacist group and was involved in a drive-by shooting. The company Banjo was using government surveillance data to develop a crime-detection program. Attorney General Sean Reyes on Tuesday condemned Damien Patton’s past and promised an independent audit to address privacy concerns and possible bias. The University of Utah and city of Goshen, Indiana, also canceled contracts after reporting by the website FirstZero. Patton has acknowledged falling in with white supremacist groups when he was a teenager and says he's disavowed them. His company welcomes the audit.