Weaponized drones run by LEOs

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    Aug 29, 2015 1:05 PM GMT
    http://www.aol.com/article/2015/08/26/north-dakota-police-can-now-arm-drones-with-non-lethal-weapons/21227832/

    Only a matter of time before this would happen and I don't like this one bit. Wonder where this will lead?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 29, 2015 1:40 PM GMT
    The militarization of US law enforcement is getting progressively worse with each new high tech surveillance invention. When will this fascistic bullshit endicon_mad.gificon_question.gif
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    Aug 29, 2015 1:56 PM GMT
    Is crime that out of control in North Dakota?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 29, 2015 2:39 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidIs crime that out of control in North Dakota?
    In most of the oilfield boom towns, crime has gotten out of control. When the shale oil boom took off a few years ago, small North Dakota towns like Dickinson, Williston, Tioga and most others were totally overwhelmed by rapid population growth and development literally overnight which resulted in severe strains on their infrastructure and local services. This shale oil boom attracted all walks of life to the remote plains of Western North Dakota and many criminals were sentenced by judges to work in the oil fields to pay off their restitution, probation, and parole charges rather than just sending them off to either jail or to prison.
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    Aug 29, 2015 3:14 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidIs crime that out of control in North Dakota?

    It never was in the 11 years I lived in ND, beginning in 1983 and ending in late 2006 (with an interruption).

    This is actually North Dakota's second oil boom, the other winding down when I first arrived, in the same towns roadbikeRob mentions. They've dealt with this before.

    And had the same problem with crime in oil boom towns. Texas & Oklahoma also experienced the same during their own oil booms close to 100 years ago.

    The rest of the State is relatively crime-free and peaceful, although crack has appeared in some areas. These are hard-working farm & ranch people, regular Lutheran church goers. They voted against gay rights, but liked me personally, despite knowing I was gay, a dichotomy I never fully understood.

    The population of the entire State is less than Brooklyn, New York. Look at a map, see how huge it is. When you get out to the western half, where the oil boom is, you can drive many miles and not see a single dwelling.

    Almost half the population is concentrated in only 4 cities, each distant from each other: Bismarck (the Capital); Fargo; Grand Forks; and Minot. In the US census some counties are designated as Frontier, meaning they have 2 or less residents per square mile! icon_exclaim.gif

    The correct answer is to increase traditional law enforcement methods on the ground in these locales. Not to be flying drones in the sky. How does a drone handle a drunk oilman inside a bar, the real problem these towns face? Or a domestic disturbance indoors? This is a stupid response, that fails to correctly address the problem. But I think to satisfy a different agenda altogether.
  • Whipmagic

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    Aug 29, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    There is really nothing an armed drone would be appropriate for in the U.S. It's a tool for assassinations, nothing else. There may be a necessity for them when it comes to terrorists in Afghanistan, but I'm not even sure of that. Under which circumstances would you assassinate for instance a drug dealer in North Dakota without due process? He would have to present an imminent threat to someone's life, and to assert that you'd have to have law enforcement personnel present on the ground anyway. And if you have that already in place, there are plenty of ways for them to deal with the situation in conventional ways.
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    Aug 30, 2015 3:36 AM GMT
    This whole article has nothing to do with creating awareness of a police action.

    It's entire purpose is to create fear of - and reduce the sale of - the DJI Phantom drones. That's the drone that was pictured in the OP's video. It's also the drone I use for aerial video (DJI Phantom 2).