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Police Robots

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In a surprise move, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow San Francisco PD to deploy robots equipped to deliver lethal force
Agencies can capitalize on innovations to save money and repair fractured community relationships
After a two hour standoff, the robot dog helped LAPD confirm that the man, who was carrying a gun, was asleep on the bus
Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith was killed and another officer remains in serious, but stable condition
Opposition has grown, with many critics pointing to problems the NYPD had with their robot dog
The PD says the robot will be limited to SWAT use such as active shooter incidents, barricades and suspicious devices
Officers sent a robot into a crawlspace and found signs the suspect was burrowed deep underneath a house
As officers pursued the suspect, he ran into the golf course, began shooting at golfers and stole their cart before a standoff began with police
The board sent the issue back for further discussion and could vote in the future to let police use robots in a lethal manner in limited cases
The vote was 8-3, with the majority agreeing to grant police the option despite strong objections from some groups