North Dakota has made it possible for police to arm drones with non-lethal weapons like tasers and rubber bullets. Until now, drones were used solely for surveillance. Granted, the drones can’t be armed with lethal weaponry; but the trend is similar to the feature creep in military drones that resulted in fully weaponized drone warfare. A warrant is still required for police use of weaponized drones, but a precedent is being set. Police will be less at risk, but a de-personalization of policing may reduce compassion and a sense of community. Considering the backlash against the heavy weaponization of some police forces, it will be worth watching to see how North Dakota’s policies are adopted or amended.
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