San Francisco’s new Law Enforcement Equipment policy is planning to use robots capable of deadly force when officers encounter dangerous situations.
Currently, the San Francisco police department has a total of 17 robots that are mostly used to defuse bombs.
However, the city’s new Remotec robots have an optional weapons system.
The Guardian reported the department wants to use these new robots for “training and simulations, criminal apprehensions, critical incidents, exigent circumstances, executing a warrant or during suspicious device assessments”.
San Francisco isn’t the only US city deploying robots, NYC has recently used robotic dogs during training and for high-risk hostage situations.
It appears both New York City and San Fransisco are just taking pages from the CCP’s playbook.
China has been using robots with their police force in sinister ways all throughout the pandemic.
One of the most infamous examples is the CCP using robot dogs to enforce Covid lockdown rules.