San Francisco’s new Law Enforcement Equipment policy is planning to use robots capable of deadly force when officers encounter dangerous situations.
Currently, the San Francisco police department has a total of 17 robots that are mostly used to defuse bombs.
However, the city’s new Remotec robots have an optional weapons system.
The Guardian reported the department wants to use these new robots for “training and simulations, criminal apprehensions, critical incidents, exigent circumstances, executing a warrant or during suspicious device assessments”.
If you're going to San Francisco⁰You're gonna meet some deadly robots there pic.twitter.com/Kwhuqq7UsW
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) November 25, 2022
San Francisco isn’t the only US city deploying robots, NYC has recently used robotic dogs during training and for high-risk hostage situations.
I see Robodog is at it again in NYC pic.twitter.com/qXIirbMiC8
— DJ Chuck Chillout (@djchuckchillout) April 16, 2021
It appears both New York City and San Fransisco are just taking pages from the CCP’s playbook.
China has been using robots with their police force in sinister ways all throughout the pandemic.
One of the most infamous examples is the CCP using robot dogs to enforce Covid lockdown rules.
Full Lockdown in Shanghai, this is how they broadcast announcements.
Robot Dog + Speakers#Shanghai #COVID #Lockdown pic.twitter.com/5kJdLrnL8p
— Jay in Shanghai 电动 Jay (@JayinShanghai) March 29, 2022