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How Two Police Drones Saved a Woman's Life

An innovative use of the surveillance technology in Virginia offers a reminder that there are often alternatives to confrontation.
Source: Reuters

After years of writing critically about police officers using excessive force and police departments abusing surveillance technology, I couldn’t be happier to relay a story in which cops used drones as a tool to help them avoid taking a life.

It began when a woman, 57, left Cocoa Beach, Florida, drove all the way to Stafford County, Virginia, pulled into a Walmart parking lot, backed her sedan up against a 16-wheeler cab with a sleeping trucker inside, and took out a silver revolver. .

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