View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.




Unreal: Posted: June 6, 2014 10:46 a.m.

If it enters my yard I will "swat" the dragonfly!

You need to be a registered user to post a comment. Please click here to register.

The Signal encourages readers to interact with one another, following the guidelines outlined in our Comment/Moderation Policy. Click here to read it.

To report offensive or inappropriate comments, e-mail The content posted from readers of does not necessarily represent the views of The Signal or Morris Multimedia. By submitting this form you agree to the terms and conditions listed above. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...