Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LAPD CONSIDERING THE USE OF DRONES

   The Los Angeles Police Department took another step toward using drones in some tactical situations after its civilian bosses Tuesday approved a $31,500 donation to purchase the controversial devices.
    The use of drones — or "small Unmanned Aerial Systems" in police-speak — has become a contentious issue for law enforcement.
    Advocates say camera-mounted drones could help protect officers and others by collecting crucial information during high-risk situations or searches without jeopardizing their safety. For many privacy advocates and police critics, however, the drones stir Orwellian visions of unwarranted surveillance or fears of militarized, weapon-toting devices patrolling the skies.

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