After Backlash, San Francisco Board Backtracks Police Use of Exploding Robots

Following massive public outcry, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday not to move forward with a policy that would have allowed the city’s police department to use robots rigged with explosives against suspects in certain circumstances. The board had previously voted in favor of the policy, passing a resolution last week that granted the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)… Source Source / Read More: After Backlash, San Francisco Board Backtracks Police Use of Exploding Robots

San Francisco City Board Approves Use of Police Robots to Kill Suspects

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted by a margin of 8-3 on Tuesday to grant the city’s police department the legal authority to use remotely controlled robots to attack and kill suspects in certain circumstances. The measure was widely condemned by civil liberty and police oversight organizations. City officials and members of the board who voted against the authorization said that the move would further militarize a police force that already enacts violence against poor and marginalized communities. “Most law enforcement weapons are used against people of color. I’m really just stunned that we’re here talking about this,” San…