Police Robots Becoming Common

Published by , August 1, 2016 12:54 am

(MLive) Police robots and the ever-increasing technology associated with robotics has been in the national headlines recently following the sniper shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. The robot used in Dallas was eight years old and cost about $150,000.
Grand Rapids, MI police also have larger robots with arms. They have used them for years to check out suspicious packages left in public places and sometimes to safely destroy dangerous items such as pipe bombs. Interviewees didn’t want to speak to the ethical ramifications of using a robot to kill someone. “I can imagine (Dallas police) probably went through a lot of scenarios to try to get him out. It’s a last option to do something like that,” was the statement.