Anti-drone fight comes to city, Albemarle

by Aaron Richardson

Charlottesville and Albemarle County could soon join state lawmakers in opposing unmanned surveillance drones.

Prominent lawyer John Whitehead, president of the Albemarle-based Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit that advocates against civil liberties violations, asked local officials to take a stand against unmanned drones last week.

Charlottesville listened.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, three councilors expressed interest in a resolution written by Whitehead that would ask Congress and the Virginia General Assembly to pass laws making information gathered by drone surveillance inadmissible in court, and prohibit attaching lethal and non-lethal weapons to the remote-controlled devices.

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