A draft of a policy suggests that the San Francisco police department, or SFPD, utilize robots that can use "deadly force" and kill suspects while reacting to situations.
The document describes the 17 robots in total—of which 12 are inactive—that the SFPD plans to utilize. According to a police spokesperson quoted by Mission Local, the remote-controlled tools are typically utilized for neighborhood inspection and bomb disposal.
The plan stated that the SFPD intended to employ them for "training and simulations, criminal apprehensions, critical occurrences, exigent circumstances, executing a warrant or during suspicious device assessments."
The department holds that where there is an immediate threat and no alternative course of action is available, the use of "deadly force" is appropriate. Additionally, the proposal would permit the use of lethal force "where risk of loss of life to members of the public or police is immediate and surpasses any other kind of action available to SFPD"
It claimed that giving robots the power to kill will help cops with "ground support and situational awareness" because these robots can be adapted to add machines and grenade launchers.
The rules committee of the board of supervisors has approved a draft of this proposed document. It is awaiting the entire board's decision next week.