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The San Francisco Police Department is currently petitioning the city's Board of Supervisors for permission to deploy robots to kill suspects that law enforcement deems a sufficient threat that ...

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...The San Francisco Police Department is currently petitioning the city's Board of Supervisors for permission to deploy robots to kill suspects that law enforcement deems a sufficient threat that the "risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other force option available to SFPD."

The draft policy, which was written by the SFPD itself, also seeks to exclude "hundreds of assault rifles from its inventory of military-style weapons and for not include personnel costs in the price of its weapons," according to a report from Mission Local....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-25 07:27 PM | Reply

I don't know much about Engaget, but this is either a joke or perilously bad journalism...

#2 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-11-26 09:32 AM | Reply

Welcome to the future.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2022-11-26 10:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not exactly unheard of.

www.theguardian.com

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-11-26 03:14 PM | Reply

Do we need to actually codify the three laws of robotics?

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2022-11-26 04:46 PM | Reply

For all that fat money and giant untouchable pensions that the SFPD makes you think they could do their own killing with their own hands. Nope, gotta get a robot to to it as they are abject cowards.

#8 | Posted by Wildman62 at 2022-11-26 05:47 PM | Reply

When Eugene instituted Tasers, I opposed the introduction as I said they would eventually just be cattle prods for the poor, and they sometimes killed people with underlying conditions. I am just as unwilling to give robots the power to kill as in short order, they will be used more and more in questionable situations.

#9 | Posted by Hughmass at 2022-11-27 07:38 AM | Reply

Must be the lamp went out on defunding the police. We all knew what was gonna happen.
The only thing the pro-criminal left will endorse is our LEO to face a madman unarmed.
Then bych about a robot.

#10 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2022-11-27 11:37 AM | Reply

"Must be the lamp went out on defunding the police. We all knew what was gonna happen."

I bet you hoped it would. So the police could do as they please?

But ...

If they aren't careful they will get themselves defunded in spite of the democrats blunder if they keep insisting on not enforcing the gun laws that are currently on the books in those "2nd amendment sanctuary" cities and states.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-11-27 12:34 PM | Reply

If a cop is spared the indignity of having to look a threat in the eye, he's not likely to be hindered by last-second what-ifs. Just punch the kill button and be done with it. You've got to get back to your donut.

#12 | Posted by cbob at 2022-11-27 06:54 PM | Reply

-If a cop is spared the indignity of having to look a threat in the eye

What's undignified about a police officer facing a threat?

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2022-11-27 07:09 PM | Reply

Tried and convicted or "sufficient threat"?

#15 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-11-28 06:48 AM | Reply

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