Seattle Mayor Says No to Police Drones

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinnon has scrapped plans for using drones as a police tool.

McGinn announced the decision Thursday after people complained the drones could invade their privacy.

"Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department's priority," the said in a brief statement.

Seattle had been given two drones through a federal grant. But the mayor said the aerial vehicles will be returned to the vendor.

Police were planning to use them to view scenes of crimes and accidents as well as aid in search and rescue operations.

Seattle isn't the only place blocking the use of drones. Lawmakers in at least 11 states are looking at plans to restrict them.

 

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