Drones in Air

North Dakota police force arms itself with drones

The bill’s stated intent was to require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to use a drone to search for criminal evidence. In fact, the original draft of Representative Rick Becker’s bill would have banned all weapons on police drones.

Then Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and limit the prohibition only to lethal weapons. “Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are therefore permitted on police drones.

The entire piece paints a terrifying picture of what happens when society forgets that the police are just ordinary citizens with some extra power in a civilization and not military.

Here is a nugget of wisdom from the police chief

Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost said he needs to use drones for surveillance in order to obtain a warrant in the first place.

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” Becker remembered opponents like Rost saying.

It is not too far fetched to imagine such a technology deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.