San Francisco Police Propose Giving Robots License To Kill

New blueprint heads for approval next week
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 22:  Federal law enforcement agents stand guard during a raid of a medicinal marijuana club June 22, 2005 in San Franciso, California. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe marijuana to ease pain, concluding that state laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • San Francisco authorities introduced a new “dystopian” policy that would allow department robots to kill suspects who threaten the lives of citizens and police officers in the city.
  • The policy blueprint heads for approval next week and reads, “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 [the San Francisco Police Department].”
  • The remote-controlled robots are typically used to defuse bombs or surveil areas that are too difficult for authorities to access.

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