October 19, 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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