A police department in the United States proposed deploying robots capable of using “deadly force,” including the ability to kill people. According to the San Francisco Police Department, the use of deadly force is justified in the face of rising dangers and a lack of other options.
The SFPD (San Francisco Police Department) has proposed the use of robots capable of killing suspects while responding to incidents in a draught document.
The draught outlines how the police department proposes to use 17 robots, although only 12 are operational. As per the report by the Guardian,
“Robots are generally used for inspection and bomb disposal.” “But SFPD wants to use them for criminal apprehensions, critical incidents, executing warrants, or during suspicious device assessments,” revealed a US media report.
As per the SFPD, the use of “deadly force” is justified in the face of imminent danger and a lack of other options.
“The San Francisco Police Proposal says that it would allow to kill people when there is an imminent risk of loss of life for the public or officers and outshines any other option available to the SFPD,” according to the Guardian.
The draught document said giving robots the ability to kill (as these are modified machines and grenade launchers) would also assist officers with “ground support and situational awareness.”
The committee has approved this version of the document, which will be reviewed by the full board next week.