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Seattle residents remain skeptical about police drones

By Jamie Lynn

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department believes using drones will help cut down on crime, but the idea isn’t sitting well with everyone in the community.

Department officials met with the public on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Opponents of the plan are concerned about privacy, and one group went as far as calling the drones a “gateway drug for big-time surveillance.”

The police department already has the drones, and now city leaders like Councilman Bruce Harrell want to lay down the law about how officers can use them.

“It poses some problems,” Harrell said. “No city has ever really talked about when they should be used and how you restrict them, and so this legislation would address all those issues head on.”

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