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L.A. police chief knows drones are hot button issue

Posted: June 6, 2014 9:25 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 9:25 a.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says he's aware of the controversy over drones and he'll talk to privacy and civil rights groups before deciding whether to use a pair of radio-controlled aerial surveillance craft transferred from the Seattle Police Department.

Beck tells the Los Angeles Times he will not sacrifice public support for a piece of equipment.

The chief says a team of privacy advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, is being formed to come up with possible drone policies. Police Commission approval is also needed.

LAPD officials have said they hope to use the Seattle equipment for standoffs and suspect searches, like the robot they use for suspicious packages. The two Draganflyer X6 devices are small helicopters.

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