If the police don’t like you or your drone, now they are going to shoot it down.
That’s the new policy of the Oceanside Police Department which has acquired San Diego County’s first drone killer. It’s a device, according to the Union-Tribune, that can disable a drone in the sky and force it back to the ground.
Other law enforcement agencies also are salivating at the possibility of getting their hands on the technology as a way to control you and your drone.
According to the police, “the purpose is primarily for emergency situations,” Oceanside police Lt. Aaron Doyle told the U-T. “It won’t be used when someone complains about a neighbor flying a drone. It’s pretty much for a life-or-death situation, to save lives.”
Yeah, right. As if their word means anything.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department also has looked at anti-drone technology and acknowledges a need for the devices, sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said in an email to the U-T.
“We currently are not using this type of equipment, but have not ruled it out for future use,” she said. “Terrorist organizations are utilizing drones as well as organized narcotic groups. This type of technology may be important in the future to safeguard the county jails, courthouses and communities.”
We’re supposed to take Lt. Stubkjaer’s word that the Police State won’t be using drone technology to erode the Constitution even further. That would be a paradigm shift.
The device, which looks like a gun, can be aimed like a rifle or a shotgun at a drone in the air. The 30-degree field of its beam and its range of almost a half-mile make the target hard to miss.
It’s just a matter of time before drone technology overcomes the capabilities of this device. So guess what taxpayers, you’re now funding a drone arms race.
Enjoy your Police State.