ACLU of Conn. Wants State Regulation of Police Drones

Plainfield Police say they are drafting department regulations on the use of drones.

PLAINFIELD, Conn. — Police here will soon be using a drone to assist with missing person searches and other tasks. And while Plainfield Police are excited about using the new technology, not everyone shares those sentiments.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut wants state regulations on police use of drones, according to FOX 61. To the ACLU, drones are a threat to privacy. David McGuire of the ACLU is afraid the technology could be used to spy on people or private property. That’s why he’s asking the department to obtain a warrant before surveilling an individual or going on private property.

Sgt. Gerry Geyer says the department is “not looking to take this and just fly it over somebody’s house.”

Plainfield Police say they are drafting a department policy for the use of the drone.

The drone could be used as a birds-eye view of accidents, fire investigations and other police tasks.

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