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Submission + - Police drone hits SWAT team tank ( 3

garymortimer writes: "A drone has crashed during a police test flight near Houston, adding to growing safety concerns as more police departments take flight with the unmanned aircraft.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office north of Houston became one of the first police departments in the country to begin flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for police missions in October 2011.

County officials and the maker of that drone confirmed on Friday that a recent police-only photo mission went terribly wrong."

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  • The FAA are resisting the use of UAV's in the civilian commercial use for aerial photography and the like, but they are quite happy to allow random untrained (in UAS at least) police departments to test out and fly UAV's that are capable of being retrofitted with grenades and shotgun shells. And then they go and plonk it into their own vehicles. I'm a big supporter of the technology and a UAV nut don't get me wrong, and the only reason I care about the yanks going all George Orwell 1984 on their citizens w

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