LAPD has 2 surveillance drones given by the Seattle Police, the Draganflyer X6 aircraft, and in the interest of the public is holding a debate on the use of its drones.
The Los Angeles Police Commission is set to hold a series of public hearings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the use of drones by the local police department.The LAPD confirmed this week it has received two drones from their Seattle counterparts, who themselves had to ground their plans to use the drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), after public outcry on the matter. Read more here
If approved, the drones would be used to assist during potentially dangerous situations, LAPD Spokesman Andrew Smith told KTLA. If approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the LAPD planned to move forward with with seeking other permissions, Smith said. “Then we have to listen to what the public says, listen to what the civil libertarian-type groups say, listen to what the police commission wants before we even consider whether we’re going to use them or not,” Smith said. Read more:
This move by the LAPD is welcomed in general as a sign of its transparency with regards to its intended use of the drones, according to the same report.
It is just natural for ordinary citizens to voice their concerns about this matter as individual privacy is a basic and sacred right that should be guarded well.