The LA Police department is embarking on a 12 month test using aerial drones.

Despite vociferous protest, the Los Angeles Police Commission — the civilian board which oversees the department — voted 3-1 in favor of the LAPD using the pilot program.

The drones are set to be deployed by the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division SWAT Team in order to resolve “dangerous, high-risk tactical situations and improve situational awareness capabilities during natural disasters and catastrophic incidents,” the draft proposal said. – CNBC

Many people are upset about this and oppose police departments using drone technology saying it gives them too much power and can easily be used to violate civil rights. What do you think?

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