Supervisors San Francisco voted Tuesday to Give to your city police The ability to Remotely-controlled, potentially lethal devices robots in emergency situations — following an emotionally charged debate that These divisions reflected the political liberal board’s support for law enforcement.
The majority of voters agreed with the 8-3 vote to Grant police The option is available despite strong objections from civil liberty and other organizations police oversight groups. Opponents claimed that the authority would be a leader to The militarization and expansion of the military is a dangerous step. police Already too aggressive with minorities and the poor.
Supervisor Connie Chan is a member the committee that Forwarded the proposal to The whole board said that they understood concerns regarding the use force but that “according to state law, we are required to approve the use of these equipments. So here we are, and it’s definitely not a easy discussion.”
The San Francisco Police Department stated that it doesn’t have pre-armed personnel robots Has no plans to Arm robots With guns. The department could however deploy robots Equip with explosive charges “to contact, incapacitate, or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect” Allison Maxie, spokesperson at SFPD said that life is at stake when it comes to saving lives.
“Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives,” She spoke.
Tuesday’s amendment was made by supervisors to Please enter that Officers could make use of robots Only after you have used alternative force, de-escalation tactics or concluded they wouldn’t be Ability to These alternative methods can be used to subdue the suspect. Only a few high-ranking officers can authorize the use of robots Option for deadly force.
San Francisco police There are currently twelve ground facilities in operation. robots Use to According to the department, they are used to assess bombs and provide eyes for low-visibility situations. They were obtained between 2010 and 2017 and never used. to deliver an explosive device, police According to officials
After a California law was passed this year, explicit authorization was required. police Sheriffs Department to Take inventory of military-grade equipment, and get approval for its use.
Last year, the state law was created by San Francisco David Chiu was a member of the assembly as City Attorney. It was created to give the public a voice in the acquisition of and use military-grade weapons. that According to some, they can have a negative influence on communities. to The legislation.
Federal programs have long provided surplus military equipment such as grenade launchers and camouflage uniforms. to Help local law enforcement
Donald Trump, then-President of the United States, was elected president in 2017. signed an order reviving the Pentagon program Barack Obama, his predecessor, ended it in 2015. This was triggered by anger over military gear being used during protests in Ferguson (Miss.) after Michael Brown’s shooting.
San Francisco police Statement made late Tuesday that No robots Several were bought with federal grant money, while others were obtained from military surplus.
As with many other areas in the U.S.A, San Francisco It is worth trying to Balance public safety with valuable civil rights such privacy and the ability to Be free from excessive police oversight. Supervisors reached an agreement in September to A trial run is allowed police to access in real time Private surveillance cameras can be used in certain situations.
On Tuesday, the debate lasted more than two hours and both sides were accused of reckless fear mongering.
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who voted for policy authorization, stated that he was troubled at the rhetoric painting. police Department as dangerous and untrustworthy
“I think there’s larger questions raised when progressives and progressive policies start looking to the public like they are anti-police,” He said. “I think that is bad for progressives. I think it’s bad for this Board of Supervisors. I think it’s bad for Democrats nationally.”
Shamann Walton, the Board President, voted against this proposal. He pushed back, claiming that it did not make him anti-policeBut “pro people of color.”
“We continuously are being asked to do things in the name of increasing weaponry and opportunities for negative interaction between the police department and people of color,” He said. “This is just one of those things.”
The San Francisco Public Defender’s office sent a letter Monday to The board statement that Granting police “the ability to kill community members remotely” goes against the city’s progressive values. The board was wanted by the office to reinstate language barring police You can use robots An act of force can be used against anyone.
The other side of the San Francisco After public backlash, Bay Police Department dropped a similar proposal.
The first time a robot was used to deliver explosives in the U.S. was in 2016, Dallas police You sent an armed robot in that The officer killed a sniper hiding in plain sight who had been ambushed and killed five officers.
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