Cops and Drones

A three hundred dollar helicopter was the hit of the consumer electronics show this year.

Half dozen police agencies in Florida already have much more sophisticated unmanned devices.

Legislation moving at the state capitol would require police to get a warrant to use unmanned drones look in your back yard or your window.

"Can you imagine if King George had sent a drone to hover over the Boston Tea Party to see what the American patriots were up to. It's not what this country's founded on," said Sen. Joe Negron.

Sheriffs are concerned about the potential ban.

"It is a lot cheaper for us to put a drone up that can do the same job as a helicopter," said Orange County Sheriff's Office’s Captain Mike Fewless.

Lawmakers are torn over protecting liberty and giving police the tools they need.

While approved by the committee, the bill faces an uncertain future. The bill's sponsor says he’s more worried about the future for average citizens.

"My view is that government works for us. Government is there to serve us, to protect us, not to watch us," said Negron.

We are already watched by red light cameras or surveillance cameras all day everyday now police don't want to be told they can't also watch us from the sky.

While police agencies say they will continue to work on a compromise, the American Civil Liberties says the legislation is ground breaking and does not go far enough to protect average citizens.


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