[STREET LEVEL] Should the LAPD Use Drones?

The Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD) recently proposed the use of small drones for use in incidents like hostage situations, bomb scares and active shootings. The police have said they would get a search warrant when drones are necessary. Civil liberties advocates have raised concerns about possible privacy violations. How do you feel about the potential use of drones by the LAPD?

“I wasn’t aware of the proposal, but if it’s just for surveillance of suspects, that’s okay.” –Melanie N., outside Landis’ Gifts and Stationary on Larchmont Boulevard. 

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. The public has them, so the cops need to defend themselves.” – Mark B., outside Landis’ Labyrinth on Larchmont Boulevard.

“It’s initially a little unsettling, but I feel okay because they’ll need a warrant to use the drones. It’d be like the helicopters.” – Charlotte M., outside Landis’ Gifts and Stationary on Larchmont Boulevard.

“It’s a kind of complex situation, if there’s a crisis and drones would be the quickest way to save lives, it’s OK. But if it’s anything to impose on private citizens, that’s wrong.” –Prince B., outside Larchmont Barber Shop on Larchmont Boulevard.

“If they used drones, [maybe they would not use] helicopters? They’re so loud and super disturbing, plus helicopters can’t see as much as drones.” – Mel Y., outside Larchmont Barber Shop on Larchmont Boulevard.

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