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Police drone hits SWAT team tank

garymortimer (1882326) writes | more than 2 years ago

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garymortimer writes "A drone has crashed during a police test flight near Houston, adding to growing safety concerns as more police departments take flight with the unmanned aircraft.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office north of Houston became one of the first police departments in the country to begin flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for police missions in October 2011.

County officials and the maker of that drone confirmed on Friday that a recent police-only photo mission went terribly wrong."

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George Orwell 1984 (1)

charliehotel (1883674) | more than 2 years ago | (#39245663)

The FAA are resisting the use of UAV's in the civilian commercial use for aerial photography and the like, but they are quite happy to allow random untrained (in UAS at least) police departments to test out and fly UAV's that are capable of being retrofitted with grenades and shotgun shells. And then they go and plonk it into their own vehicles. I'm a big supporter of the technology and a UAV nut don't get me wrong, and the only reason I care about the yanks going all George Orwell 1984 on their citizens while stalling civilian commercial uses of this technology is because unfortunately that kind of scenario will end up filtering down to all other "free" countries if that makes sense. It seems like UAV's are being used for all the wrong reasons already. Not too long ago the police got a Military Predator drone to help catch some cattle rustlers. Military resources spent on civil matters with no state of emergency declared? Makes you wonder. Maybe I'm just paranoid? Maybe they are just dumb? Are Americans just plain stupid and don't see how the US is rapidly becoming a police state?

More slapstick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39245697)

Not quite sure if it's George Orwell stuff, more like Laurel and Hardy

Re:More slapstick (1)

charliehotel (1883674) | more than 2 years ago | (#39246129)

Not quite sure if it's George Orwell stuff, more like Laurel and Hardy

Haha indeed in some respects...

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