The LAPD Thinks It’s At War With Los Angeles And Now It Has Drones

Submitted by: trimble 8 months ago in News & Politics Tech

An excerpt from the Los Angles Times: 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 LAPD has yet to fly any drones. The yearlong pilot program, approved by the Police Commission last fall, won’t begin until the department buys the drones and teaches officers how to use them.
Girmala said the LAPD plans to use drones of varying sizes and capabilities: one small-sized, half-pound “Spark” model; two three-pound “Phantom” models; and a “Matrice” model that is the largest, weighing 10 pounds and measuring about 25 inches diagonally.

Keep your head down, Fancy.

All that said, here's a gentleman from the Orange County beach area who's filming the cops with his drone -- legally. What's good for the goose...

There are 16 comments:
Male 3,975
https://newatlas.com/battelles-dronedefender-beam-gun-uavs/39885/
0
Reply
Male 8,635
Drones have been flying over U.S. cities for years now, in most cases, operated by the FBI. I've seen them flying over Philadelphia myself. The ones the federal agencies use (at least the ones I've seen and know about) are large: I think the wingspan of the ones I've seen was about 10 feet.
0
Reply
Male 21,741
Today drones, five years from now, Boston Dynamics cops.
1
Reply
Male 636
 
2
Reply
Male 9,899
abetterworld Hey, that's Omni Consumer Product's ED-209 Series, NOT Boston Dynamics.

ED-209: "There is no cease fire. Just reloading and Full Auto."

I like the ED-260 myself.


1
Reply
Male 21,741
abetterworld I like how the table he lands on moves before he lands on it. Great movie about our future.
1
Reply
Male 636
fancylad Yeah, I miss Verhooven as a sci fi director.
0
Reply
Male 9,899
Like with any technology, there are good reasons to use it and bad reasons to use it.

This article is long on speculation and short on reasons why it's a bad idea for the LAPD to utilize drones. 

How is a remote drone any different from this remote vehicle that is 1) already in use and 2) a proven asset?

0
Reply
811
megrendel How often are bomb disposal robots used against citizens?
0
Reply
Male 9,899
barry9a They've been used against active shooters and in hostage situations.

I can see where drones could be used in the same way.

Plus: They bomb robot COULD be used against citizens...but aren't. Same argument could hold true fro drones. 
0
Reply
Male 21,741
barry9a Probably never.
0
Reply
Male 21,741
megrendel Is that one of those RC things that disable bombs?
0
Reply
Male 9,899
0
Reply
Male 6,715
And when there is a questionable shooting, the drone camera will somehow be broken just like the ground cameras.

Funny how that works.
1
Reply
Male 21,741
daegog Count on it.
0
Reply