Over Protests, L.A. Police Commission Approves Use of Drones for 1-Year Program

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The Police Commission on Tuesday approved a year-long test of drones by the LAPD, allowing the police department to become the largest in the nation to try using the controversial devices.

The 3-1 vote was met by jeers from dozens of people who crowded the Police Commission’s meeting room, many of whom repeatedly urged the civilian oversight panel to reject the proposal.

“Shame on you!” some shouted. “Shame on you!”

That frustration spilled outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters as protesters settled in the middle of 1st and Main streets, chanting and holding signs as they denounced the decision. Officers ultimately led four people away in handcuffs.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

A still from a video shows Seattle police officers using a drone. The Seattle department gave its drones to LAPD in May 2014 amid controversy. (Credit: KCPQ)
A still from a video shows Seattle police officers using a drone. The Seattle department gave its drones to LAPD in May 2014 amid controversy. (Credit: KCPQ)

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