Sunday April 02, 2017

Connecticut May Become First State to Allow Deadly Police Drones

North Dakota already allows for police drones with non-lethal measures (e.g., tear gas), but Connecticut lawmakers are taking things one step further by legalizing drones with guns and other lethal weapons for law enforcement use. I wonder who gets blamed when there is the inevitable malfunction.

News Image

Connecticut would become the first U.S. state to allow law enforcement agencies to use drones equipped with deadly weapons if a bill opposed by civil libertarians becomes law. The legislation, approved overwhelmingly by the state legislature's judiciary committee on Wednesday, would ban so-called weaponized drones in the state but exempts agencies involved in law enforcement. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. The legislation was introduced as a complete ban on weaponized drones but just before the committee vote it was amended to exclude police from the restriction.

Discussion