Forget 2049. Los Angeles’ Blade Runner-esque future of a world watched by robots is here.
On Tuesday, a civilian oversight panel gave the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) the OK to begin a year-long drone trial, primarily for reconnaissance in “tactical missions” conducted by SWAT.
The decision came after a contentious meeting and protest by privacy advocates who oppose the use of drones by law enforcement.
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As the third largest police force in the nation behind New York and Chicago, the trial makes the LAPD the largest police force in the nation to use drones