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.

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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.