Use of Deadly Drones by Cops Raises Fears

If there is anything that would scare some people even more about seeing consumer drones flying over, it might be the thought that one of them could be carrying deadly weapons. And there is a possibility that Connecticut cops may use such drones.

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Connecticut cops may become the first in the country to use drones armed with deadly weapons, if a controversial measure is passed. A bill that easily flew through the state’s Judiciary Committee 34-7 was sent to the House of Representatives, the New Haven Register reported. Read more at:

The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police. Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons. Read more at:

Concerns have been raised about this.

If ratified, the new bill will go into effect in October, but agencies won’t be required to come up with a model policy of best use (which would identify, with specificity, when weaponized drones should be deployed) until January of next year. This provision is particularly concerning, effectively allowing police to shoot first and ask questions later. Read more at:

Connecticut Democrats are not happy with the proposed legislation. In fact, Democratic state Sen. Edwin Gomes said, “I think that police are taught one thing: You put a weapon in their hand, they shoot center mass, they shoot to kill.” […] And Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP, expressed “huge concerns” that weaponized drones could be used to “abuse our communities.” Read more at:

There is a need for a thorough study and consultations on the proposed bill, given the public’s general distrust or fear of drones, having been associated with the military killer drones. As it is, some cannot still warm up to civilian drones flown for personal fun, or for commercial advantage, such as drone photography services, then more so with weaponized drones for cops.

As someone said, it starts with the best of intentions but as is often the case, it can be abused by some perverted individuals.

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