Palm Beach Post Editorial: Next privacy issue for Florida? Police drones
By Andrew Marra, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, December 31, 2012
It’s not so hard anymore to imagine unmanned police drones patrolling South Florida’s skies. In Miami-Dade County, they already do.For the past few years, the Miami-Dade Police Department has been using drones to patrol the Everglades, setting a low-key but vaguely troubling precedent for the rest of Florida. Most famous as a tool for targeting and killing suspected terrorists in faraway lands, unmanned drones are quickly attracting interest from police departments around the country.
Alarmed by this, state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, has filed a bill in the Legislature that would ban Florida’s police departments from using drones in nearly all instances, with an exception for people identified by the federal government as terrorism suspects. The senator is rightly concerned about drones’ ability to encroach on citizens’ right to privacy in their homes and neighborhoods.
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