Should Police Departments Be Allowed to Use Unmanned Drones? — Survey of the Day
Recently, Congress directed the FAA to revise its safety regulations on unmanned aircraft, clearing the way for more domestic use of drones. This would mean, among other things, that local police departments would be freer to use drones for surveillance.
While having a movable eye in the sky would clearly aid the cops in some of their duties, it also presents civil-liberties issues. According to a new survey of 1,006 adults from the Associated Press-National Constitution Center , the public is split on whether police departments should have this new tool.
Forty-four percent of the poll’s respondents said they were fine with cops using drones to assist them in their police work. Thirty-six percent said they “strongly” or “somewhat” opposed this type of drone use, and 20 percent had no opinion.