San Francisco leaders voted to allow the city’s police department to use lethal force with robots in emergency situations.
“Under this policy, SFPD is authorized to use these robots to carry out deadly force in extremely limited situations when risk to loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other force option available,” City Supervisor Rafael Mandelman wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday, San Francisco leaders voted 8-3 in support of the new policy.
According to a police department spokesperson, the San Francisco Police Department has 17 robots, but none are armed with guns, and the department has no plans to do so. The department could deploy robots equipped with explosive charges “to contact, incapacitate, or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect.” Read more…