2017

The Los Angeles Police Department faced stiff opposition Tuesday, after it approved a year-long trial to use drones as a crime-fighting tool in hostage situations, high-speed chases, and other law-enforcement functions. The decision comes after years of criticism from electronic privacy and civil rights advocates, who fear the technology lacks transparency and is ripe for […]

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By John Guevara Contributor ROCKFORD — On Oct. 7, Jordan Spates, a suspect in the September shooting of Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Wright, was taken into custody in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The capture involved the Rockford and Atlanta FBI offices, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and the Atlanta Violent Fugitive Unit. The capture occurred 14 […]

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x Embed x Share CLOSE Manitowoc Police Department, the only agency in east-central Wisconsin that has a drone with a thermal camera, demonstrated the devices at the Police Department Oct. 17. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin The Manitowoc Police Department uses a drone to find missing people, photograph scenes from above or scope out a secluded area.(Photo: […]

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The trial’s rules restrict flights to SWAT team members in dangerous situations, such as when there’s a heavily armed suspect on the loose. Drones will also be allowed for search and rescue missions. Every flight has to be approved, documented and reviewed, and there’s a ban on facial recognition software. The Police Commission will receive […]

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GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) has made a terrific comeback on the stock market in recent months thanks to renewed demand for its products. The action-camera maker was struggling coming into 2017 as a flawed product strategy and the botched launch of the Karma drone dented sales. The company’s distributors were left with excess inventory back in 2015, […]

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(WASHINGTON) — The back and forth about President Donald Trump’s condolence calls to the families of four fallen American soldiers in Niger has raised questions about the U.S. military presence in the West African country. Here are some answers to questions you might have about the U.S. military presence in Niger, West Africa, and the […]

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The Trump administration is eyeing changes to its policy on drone strikes that would give the Central Intelligence Agency broader authority to conduct strikes in several countries, according to a report. The possibility of additional policy changes comes after the White House gave the CIA more independence to decide when and if it should launch […]

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After months of often-heated debate, a civilian oversight panel Tuesday signed off on a yearlong test of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will become the largest police department in the nation to deploy the controversial technology. The Police Commission’s 3-1 vote prompted jeers, cursing and a small protest that spilled into a […]

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