In the two months since the Los Angeles Police Department revealed that it wants to try flying drones, the unmanned aircraft have been the source of an often heated back-and-forth.
Advocates say the drones could help protect officers and others by using nonhuman eyes to collect crucial information during high-risk situations. (And help kill the poor, the homeless, the mentally-ill, and people of color.)
Skeptics worry that use of the devices will steadily expand and include inappropriate — or illegal — surveillance (which happens every day in Los Angeles).
The LAPD’s harshest critics want the drone program scrapped before it even takes off.