San Francisco police cannot use killer bots at this time

San Francisco police cannot use killer bots at this time

San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of a controversial policy allowing police to use lethal force on robots, and the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to explicitly ban the use of robots in this manner for now. But they sent the issue back to a committee for further discussion and could allow it in limited cases at another time, a reversal from last week’s vote allowing bots to be used in limited cases. Police said they had no plans to arm the robots with guns but wanted the ability to place explosives on them in exceptional circumstances. The approval last week sparked backlash and criticism over the possibility of deploying robots that can kill people. Several supervisors joined dozens of protesters outside City Hall on Monday to urge the council to change course, and some supervisors said they felt the public did not have enough time to engage in the debate about whether bots could be used to kill people before the council voted for the first time. Last week, the vote was the result of a new state law requiring police departments to take inventory of military equipment and obtain approval for its use. Superintendent Dean Preston, who voted against the policy last week, said the spirit of the law is to make sure public officials can hear “the strong sentiments it carries.” People”. He argued the board had failed to allow enough time for that, but others said nothing of substance had changed since the board cast its vote and the policy should continue. He can stay behind. “Having robots that have eyes and ears and can clear bombs, which they do occasionally, is something we want the police department to do as we continue to have this very controversial debate,” said Superintendent Aaron Peskin, who made a proposal last week about using robots. The new policy needs another vote to take effect.

San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of a controversial policy allowing police to use lethal force on robots.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to explicitly prohibit the use of bots in this manner for the time being. But they have returned the case to a committee for further discussion and could allow it in limited cases at another time.

It’s a reversal from last week’s vote allowing bots to be used in limited cases. Police said they had no plans to arm the robots with guns, but wanted the ability to place explosives on them in exceptional circumstances.

The approval last week generated opposition and criticism over the possibility of deploying robots that can kill people. Several supervisors joined dozens of protesters outside City Hall on Monday to urge the council to change course.

Some moderators said they felt the public did not have enough time to engage in the debate about whether bots could be used to kill people before the board voted for the first time last week.

The vote was the result of a new state law that requires police departments to take inventory of military equipment and seek approval for its use.

Superintendent Dean Preston, who voted against the policy last week, said the spirit of the law was to make sure the “strong feelings that people hold” can be heard by public officials. He said the board had failed to allow enough time for this.

But others said nothing of substance had changed since the council took a vote and the policy should continue.

FILE - People take part in a demonstration about the use of robots by the San Francisco Police Department outside City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, December 5, 2022. San Francisco supervisors voted to stop a controversial policy that would have allowed police to use robots for lethal force.  On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to return the issue to a committee for further discussion.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

The policy approved Tuesday will allow police to use robots to scan potentially dangerous scenes so police can back out.

said moderator Aaron Peskin, who introduced the last week on the use of bots.

The new policy needs another vote to take effect.

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