LAPD Board Approves Controversial Drone Program

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October 18, 2017

92191_1280x720LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department approved a drone pilot program Tuesday — several months after the department first presented what it called a limited plan to use the technology.

Approval of the program by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners came despite opposition from activists who consider the technology a threat to civil liberties and after only 6 percent of the 1,675 emails the LAPD received about the program expressed support for it.

During the meeting, several anti-drone protesters blocked traffic outside LAPD headquarters. Just before 1 p.m., officers cleared the intersection and cited some of the protesters for unlawful assembly.

The board held a meeting two weeks ago, when it approved the guidelines for the 1-year pilot program. Now, after posting the guidelines on the department’s website for two weeks and receiving more public feedback, the board voteed on its final approval.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • carpkiller says:

    Once it starts it will never end. People will die now that should not.Acceptable losses.

  • Mike N says:

    What is the difference between using a drone or a helicopter except for the expense?

  • bobnstuff says:

    Some people fear anything they don’t understand. The drones will help the police in so many ways without putting their lives at risk. It’s not like we aren’t using cameras on every corner now. Drones aren’t AI, they have real people controlling them and all the legal protections still apply. There is no good reason not to give this great tool to the police.

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