Your local police could soon add drones equipped with stun guns to their arsenal of crime fighting tools.
That’s according to the latest reports out from The Wall Street Journal which indicate that Tazer equipped drones are on the way.
“Following recent events, including the use of a robot to deploy lethal force in Dallas to eliminate a highly dangerous threat, we’ve received questions about whether it would be feasible to similarly deploy a TASER from an autonomous vehicle,” Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle said.
As reported by Digital Trends:
Talks have recently taken place between police officials and Taser International, a company that makes stun guns and body cameras for use by law enforcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. While no decision has yet been made on whether to strap stun guns to remotely controlled quadcopters, Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle said his team were discussing the idea with officials as part of broader talks about “various future concepts.”
Tuttle told the Journal that such technology could be deployed in “high-risk scenarios such as terrorist barricades” to incapacitate the suspect rather than kill them outright… However, critics are likely to fear that such a plan would ultimately lead to the police loading up drones with guns and other weapons. Portland police department’s Pete Simpson told the Journal that while a Taser drone could be useful in some circumstances, getting the public “to accept an unmanned vehicle that’s got some sort of weapon on it might be a hurdle to overcome.”
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