Monday, December 10, 2012

Good Drone, Bad Drone

Anyone who has watched more than a couple of movies where a suspect is being interrogated by police officers is undoubtedly aware of the concept "Good Cop, Bad Cop". One detective is nice, and the other is mean - radically different approaches in hopes of breaking a suspect. By extension, it appears the public is starting to see drone use by law enforcement in the same light. Provided below for your consideration - two VERY different viewpoints - one from North Dakota, and the other from California:
(Grand Forks Herald, December 6, 2012)

(, December 4, 2012)

Comment: There are going to be no easy answers on this one.  How a community views drone use by the police would seem to be driven by how the community already feels about its law enforcement community. If trust is generally there, then drones appear to be a non-issue.  If, however, law enforcement is viewed with suspicion or distrust, then drone use appears to be confirming the community's worst fears and the reaction is going to be highly negative. 

Lead photo credit: Draganflyer Innovations Inc.

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