California Sheriff Acquires ‘Crowd Control’ Drones That Can See Inside Buildings, Track guns

Thursday, December 4, 2014
By Paul Martin

Revives plan to deploy after protests stopped; privacy concerns still ignored

Steve Watson
December 4, 2014

A county sheriff’s department in California has acquired two surveillance drones which it intends to deploy next year, despite being forced to scrap the plans last year after intense opposition.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s office, close to San Francisco, could still become the first law enforcement agency in the state to deploy FAA authorized drones after it revived the plans, despite not significantly changing any policy on privacy safeguards.

Ars Technica reports that the Sheriff, Gregory Ahern, made the announcement Wednesday at a press conference, presenting a “new” draft policy on the drone plan.

Privacy advocates and rights groups who fought Ahern on the matter in 2012 and 2013 say that they were unaware the conference was even taking place and only found out about the revived drone plan via an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Infowars previously highlighted how the Sheriff has suggested the drones, acquired via federal “community policing” grants, could be used to hunt for marijuana farms, and “track suspects with guns,” referring to such operations as “proactive policing.”

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