LOS ANGELES —
A growing number of U.S. public safety agencies have been acquiring drones. The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College finds more drones have been purchased last year than in the previous years combined. Close to 350 emergency responders, such as state and local law enforcement agencies and fire departments have purchased unmanned aircraft systems known as UAS.
In some cities, there have been debates over whether local law enforcement should be using drones. That debate is happening in Los Angeles, where it’s police and sheriff’s departments would like to add small unmanned aircraft with cameras to their tool kits.Not everyone supports the idea.
“Number one as we all see, the expanding and escalation of militarization of local law enforcement agencies,” said Hamid Khan, coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
An immigrant from Pakistan, Khan said he is aware of a history of racism