News just in to OccupyGh.com indicates that San Francisco’s police have been approved to use remote-control robots to kill suspects.
This is after a controversial policy was approved last night by the city’s board of supervisors.
The policy allows police to use robots as “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.”
The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) said it does not own any pre-armed robots and has no plans to arm its current machines, reports Sky News.
As SFPD spokesperson Allison Maxie explained in a statement, the department’s robots can now be equipped with explosives “to contact, incapacitate, or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect” in “extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives.”
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