San Francisco Police Propose Giving Robots License To Kill

New blueprint heads for approval next week

  • 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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