San Francisco police would use ‘robots’ to kill suspects

United States.- There is a proposal by the San Francisco Police to use robots to kill suspects.

Although the initiative would be presented shortly for consideration.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors next week, it would make him the first to be able to occupy this controversial team.

While the use of force via robots has never been strictly prohibited, it has never been accepted before in San Francisco either, making the proposal a milestone in the use of remotely piloted robots.

The move is drawing heavy criticism for adding weaponry to the robots, including widespread condemnation of the proposal and an ongoing lawsuit from Boston Dynamics after another company added a machine gun to one of its robot dogs.

“Robots will only be used as a deadly force option when the risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other force option available to the SFPD.”

The proposal outlines particular robots that will be permitted for use, including a number of small deployable bomb disposal and reconnaissance platforms. Notably, it includes the massive REMOTEC F6A, a heavy-duty improvised explosive ordnance disposal robot with a large robotic arm, and the QinetiQ TALON, which can be equipped with multiple different weapon platforms.

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