Drones: Law Enforcement’s Newest Recruits
Rapidly advancing technology is changing the way we do a lot of things... including policing.
This hour: police drones are coming to Hartford. Are they an invasion of privacy or a helpful tool for law enforcement? And how are lawmakers debating this new technology? What do you think about police using drones? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
- Benjamin Powers - Freelance journalist featured in Rolling Stone (@benjaminopowers)
- Brian Foley - Deputy Chief of Hartford Police Department (@LtFoley)
- Melvin Medina - Director of Strategic Initiatives at the ACLU of Connecticut (@MelMedinaCT)
- Dan Gettinger - Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College (@gettdan)
Hartford Courant: Citing Concerns, Hartford Councilwoman Drafts Policy For City's Use Of Drones – “Skeptics fear the devices will have a chilling effect on protests, that they could undermine Hartford’s reputation as a welcoming city for immigrants and that they would violate people’s privacy.”
The Drive: Drones in Law Enforcement: How, Where and When They're Used – “Drones, in general, are highly appealing to the police because UAVs can reach places that your local police officer can’t.”
Rolling Stone: Eyes Over Baltimore: How Police Use Military Technology to Secretly Track You – “…these surveillance technologies demonstrate an extended record of secret surveillance by the Baltimore Police Department. In August of 2016, the Department of Justice reported that the BPD needed greater oversight and transparency.”
Lydia Brown and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.