LAPD Is One Step Closer to Using Drones Permanently as Protesters Voice Concerns

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After a two-year quest, the Los Angeles Police Department moved one step closer to permanently adding drones to its arsenal of tools.

The Police Commission approved a report Tuesday on the LAPD’s pilot program to use the airborne devices and will consider a new policy in 60 to 75 days to make the program permanent.

The request came nearly two years after the five-member civilian Police Commission approved strict guidelines for police to use the remote-controlled devices in dangerous situations such as a barricaded suspect, active shooter or explosive device.

Police Chief Michel Moore told commissioners the department will not violate the public’s constitutional rights when deploying the devices.

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