San Francisco wants to allow its police to use robots capable of killing

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San Francisco wants to authorize its police to use robots capable of killing

Opponents fear militarization of US police.

San Francisco is considering allowing its police officers to use killer robots, a controversial decision defended Thursday as a “last resort” by the police of this American city.

The San Francisco City Council on Tuesday voted 8 to 3 in favor of passing a resolution calling for the use of robots by law enforcement. capable of killing in certain extreme cases, such as terrorist attacks or mass killings, which are very frequent in the United States.

This decision, which has yet to be definitively adopted during A city council scheduled for December 6, according to the New York Times, fuels an intense controversy. Its opponents fear it will lead to increased police brutality and a future worthy of the Terminator movies.

Using robots in potentially deadly situations is an option of last resort, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in a statement.

We live in a time when mass violence is becoming more frequent, he insisted. We need this option to save lives, in case this kind of tragedy occurs in our city. order to use a robot to kill, the statement said.

The San Francisco police have several robots they can control remotely that are used during bomb threats, hazardous materials, and other incidents where officers need to keep their distance before moving. secure the premises, according to the press release.

The new measure would allow these robots to be used to place an explosive charge capable of incapacitating or disorienting an armed or dangerous violent suspect who threatens to take lives, according to police. Robots equipped in this way would only be used to save innocent lives, police repeated.

This is horrendous policy and the exact opposite of how police should use robots, Paul Scharre, Vice President of the Center for Human Rights, wrote on Twitter. New American Security, a Washington-based think tank.

The advantage of robots is to create more distance between law enforcement and a threat, precisely so that it does not have no need to use lethal force, he added, pointing out that police can use many means to incapacitate an assailant without killing him: stun guns, flashlight grenades, tear gas, etc.

For him, the San Francisco decision, which is likely to be followed by other cities, is a new example of the militarization of the American police, has he denounced.

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