Police Drones Are Watching, And In At Least One State, They’re Armed

At least 15 states have allowed police agencies to pilot surveillance drones in the name of public safety, including one that can carry weapons.

This week on 90.5 WESA’s Criminal Injustice podcast, University of Pittsburgh law professor and host David Harris talks to the Cato Institute’s Matthew Feeney from his office in Washington D.C.

Feeney says those technological toys come with some serious privacy concerns.

Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

DAVID HARRIS: When I hear the word drone I think of hobby helicopters, those sort of things that you see people playing with in the parks. Is that what we’re talking about here with police drones?

MATTHEW FEENEY: We are talking about devices that are similar to those but slightly more sophisticated. We’re talking here about police drones that can be attached with cameras, that despite the toys you might be able to pick up from

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