San Francisco supervisors scrapped plans to allow police officers to use robots to kill board members in emergency situations. Confirmed on tuesday.
“The people of San Francisco have spoken loud and clear: Our city has no place for homicidal police robots,” supervisor Dean Preston told ABC News in a statement. “There were more homicides at the hands of police than in any year recorded nationwide. We have to work on how
The news comes a day after community groups protested outside San Francisco City Hall denouncing an ordinance approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in an 8-3 vote on November 29.
Ahead of its course in overturning the board vote, the American Civil Liberties Union in Northern California told ABC News that letting police officers use robots to give them deadly powers is a terrible idea.
ACLU NorCal said, “Allowing them to kill remotely will lead to more mistakes and more frequent use, as we have seen many times before with other police weapons.” said.
Dozens of racial justice groups, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, LGBTQ organizations and trade unions urged board members to change their votes in a letter to the mayor of London Breed and city board members. , the use of robots is dangerous not only for San Francisco residents, but for anyone visiting the city.
“The SFPD proposal would allow police officers to send these robots to all arrests and all searches with warrants, arguing that police are subject to ’emergency situations’ or other flexible justifications of policy. It can also be used to protest judgments,” the organization wrote in its letter.
The SFPD did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment on the revocation of its board of directors, but in a December 1 press release defended the passage of the Law Enforcement Equipment Policy, calling for robots to be deployed for potential lethal force. said they were only planning to To save lives or prevent further loss in extreme situations. ”
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said at the time, “The use of robots in lethal situations is a last resort. We live in a time when unimaginable mob violence is becoming more common.” said. “We need options that can save lives if such a tragedy happens in our city.”