Boston police purchasing drones – The Boston Globe



Corey My-Kel McMillen

A Jamaica Plain resident took photos of Boston police officers near a drone.

The Boston Police Department, without fanfare, expanded its crime-fighting arsenal earlier this year, purchasing several drones that it may use to photograph crime scenes — and raising concerns among privacy advocates.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, after receiving a complaint in July that police officers were seen flying a drone over a Jamaica Plain housing development, learned through a public records request that the department had spent nearly $17,500 on three drones and related equipment over a three-month period beginning in January. The ACLU provided the documents to the Globe.

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A Police Department spokesman said that investigators are

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