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San Francisco approves 'deadly force option' for police robots

Added 11-30-22 12:17:02am EST - “The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a request by police for the allowance of a "deadly force option" on robots already in law enforcement use. The San Francisco Police Department asked for permission related to military…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “San Francisco approves 'deadly force option' for police robots”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a request by police for the allowance of a "deadly force option" on robots already in law enforcement use.

The San Francisco Police Department asked for permission related to military grade machines that are operated by trained officers.

The department already uses 17 robots, but only 12 are functional and five are out of commission. They can now potentially be used to kill suspects during critical incidents.

"While an explosive charge may be considered an intermediate force option, it could potentially cause injury or be lethal," said a police statement. "Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives."

A similar request was made by the Oakland police, but the language approving the policy was later removed.

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