Mayor kills Seattle police aerial drone program

Posted on 11. Feb, 2013 by in General

Q13 Fox News Feb, 7, 2013 by Hana Kim

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department’s controversial plan to fly unmanned aerial surveillance drones over the city is over.

The department acquired two drones in 2010 and hoped to use them as crime-fighting tools. But, on Thursday, Mayor Mike McGinn pulled the plug.

“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,” McGinn said in a written statement. “The vehicles will be returned to the vendor.”
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