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

Submitted by: trimble 11 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...

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Male 4,069
https://newatlas.com/battelles-dronedefender-beam-gun-uavs/39885/
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Male 9,488
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.
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Male 21,778
Today drones, five years from now, Boston Dynamics cops.
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Male 10,128
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.


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Male 21,778
abetterworld I like how the table he lands on moves before he lands on it. Great movie about our future.
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Male 677
fancylad Yeah, I miss Verhooven as a sci fi director.
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Male 10,128
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?

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megrendel How often are bomb disposal robots used against citizens?
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Male 10,128
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. 
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Male 21,778
barry9a Probably never.
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Male 21,778
megrendel Is that one of those RC things that disable bombs?
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Male 7,273
And when there is a questionable shooting, the drone camera will somehow be broken just like the ground cameras.

Funny how that works.
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Male 21,778
daegog Count on it.
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