February 8th, 2013

Seattle Mayor Ends Police Drone Efforts


Mayor Mike McGinn

Mayor Mike McGinn

This is a victory for those of us who want to abolish the use of drones in America. The Mayor bowed to public opinion and ordered the drones returned. Good for him. – Shorty Dawkins

Associated Press: Seattle’s mayor on Thursday ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested.

Mayor Mike McGinn said the department will not use two small drones it obtained through a federal grant. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be returned to the vendor, he said.

“Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department’s priority,” the mayor said in a brief statement.

The decision comes as the debate over drones heats up across the country. Lawmakers in at least 11 states are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

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3 Responses to “Seattle Mayor Ends Police Drone Efforts”

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    mike smith Says:

    I live on the red side of WA. State, it’s to bad Seattle’s mayor is such a liberal gun grabber. Seems like the whole west coast inland along the I-5 corridor is very progressive liberal, while the rest of the states of CA., OR, WA. are much more conservative. I am glad that the mayor got rid of the drones, but he also wants to kill Seattle’s 2nd amendment rights. Diane Fienstein is also anti-drone, but you all know where she stands on our 2nd amendment rights. I really do not understand their thinking. I am open to any one trying to enlighten me on this. Thanks, M.S.

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    JJ1640 Says:

    Good job Mayor. We need ore like you.

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    Deborah Says:

    Could be a switch and bait since he is a gun grabber.

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