A big worry about U.S. law enforcement’s expanding use of drones is the lack of rules protecting from privacy violations. But drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote controlled aircraft with non-lethal (for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas. This eye-opening new video from The Daily takes a closer look:
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As ACLU attorney Catherine Crump puts it, “There’s a big difference between an individual officer on the ground deciding to use force and a drone operator making the same decision. The individual officer is there. He has a nuanced grasp of the situation. A drone officer doesn’t have that same immediate sense of what’s at stake.”