“In the mourning over the murders of five police officers in Dallas, and relief that the standoff had ended, one unusual detail stuck out: the manner in which police killed one suspect after negotiations failed. ‘We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,’ Chief David Brown said in a press conference Friday morning. ‘Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased … He’s been deceased because of a detonation of the bomb.’ That use of a robot raises questions about the way police adopt and use new technologies. While many police forces have adopted robots—or, more accurately, remote-controlled devices—for uses like bomb detonation or delivery of non-lethal force like tear gas, using one to kill a suspect is at least highly unusual and quite possibly unprecedented. ‘I’m not aware of officers using a remote-controlled device as a delivery mechanism for lethal force,’ said Seth Stoughton, an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina who is a former police officer and expert on police methods. ‘This is sort of a new horizon for police technology. Robots have been around for a while, but using them to deliver lethal force raises some new issues.'” 

This is illegal and unconstitutional! Not surprising that the first victim was black! This should be viewed as a violation of human rights!!

Source: David Graham. “The Dallas Shooting and the Advent of Killer Police Robots.” The Atlantic. July 8, 2016. http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/07/dallas-police-robot/490478/


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