Should robots working alongside law enforcement be used to deploy deadly force?
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is weighing that question this week as they consider a policy proposal that would allow the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to use robots as a deadly force against a suspect.
A new California law became effective this year that requires every municipality in the state to list and define the authorized uses of all military-grade equipment in their local law enforcement agencies.
The original draft of SFPD’s policy was silent on the matter of robots.
Aaron Peskin, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, added a line to SFPD’s original draft policy that stated, “Robots shall not be used as a Use of Force against any person.”
The SFPD crossed out that sentence with a red line and returned the draft.
Their altered proposal outlines that “robots will only be used as a deadly force option when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers are imminent and outweigh any other force option available to the SFPD.”
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