San Francisco Police Give Robots A License To Kill

ST. PETE BEACH, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 28: A police patrol drives around the bay of St. Pete Beach as the winds from Hurricane Ian arrive on September 28, 2022 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Ian is hitting the area as a likely Category 4 hurricane. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “Robots will only be used as a deadly force option when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other force option available to SFPD,” the policy reads.
  • The proposal also allows authorities to use the robots for “training and simulations, criminal apprehensions, critical incidents, exigent circumstances, executing a warrant or during suspicious device assessments.”
  • SFPD Officer Eve Laokwansathitaya told The Verge the department has always had the ability to use lethal force when a suspect threatens the lives of officers or members of the public after all other force options are unavailable.

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