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The LAPD is Talking About its New Tool to Fight Crime; Drones

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They are eyes in the sky. Law enforcement unmanned aircraft. Two of them are now in the hands of the LAPD. Chief Charlie Beck says they won't be in our skies just yet until the concept has "been vetted" and the community is on board. This technology would add to the arsenal of crime fighting tools. The Chief says they'd be used in manhunts and standoffs.

The city received the two drones from the city of Seattle which got them through a grant. The drones are being kept at an undisclosed federal law enforcement facility awaiting review by the LAPD.

Critics have had their complaints. The ACLU has accepted an invitation to meet with the LAPD on the matter but issued this statement.

"At this point the ACLU SoCal has no plans to participate in any process to craft policies for lapd's use of drones, nor have we been formally invited to lead a team of advocates to help craft such policies. We question whether any marginal benefits of drones programs justify the serious threat to privacy they pose." 

Aerial drones are already in use by the feds on the border with Mexico and in the military. Earlier this year the LA County Sheriff's took some heat for using drones to surveil without the residents knowledge.

An intrusion... Or sign of the times? On a lighter note, Amazon is testing drones to make deliveries.

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