The city of San Francisco will allow the use of robots capable of killing

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted in favor of allow city police to use robots capable of killing. The measure allows the police to use robots equipped with explosives in extreme circumstances.

The city police, the SFPD, stated that they currently do not use any robots equipped with lethal force. However, he said that there may be future scenarios where deadly force could be used by a robot.

A police spokesman said that “Robots can be equipped with explosive charges to breach fortified structures containing violent, armed, or dangerous subjects.”

He also said that robots could be used to “Disabling or disorienting violent, armed, or dangerous suspects who pose a risk to life.”

Supporters of the measure said it would only be used in extreme situations. Opponents, however, say that authority could lead to further militarization of the police force.

The measure passed, with an amendment Tuesday specifying that agents could only use robots with lethal force after employing alternative de-escalation tactics. The board also stipulated that only a limited number of high-ranking officials could authorize its use.

This type of lethal robot is already used in other parts of the United States. In 2016, Dallas (Texas) police used a robot armed with C-4 explosives to kill a gunman who had killed two officers and wounded several others.

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