As much as we should respect and support our police officers, who generally do a good job in keeping our cities and neighborhoods safe, it is important to remember that too wide a latitude can introduce unintended consequences. And unlimited power can bring with it abuses that we would never imagine.
New technology always introduces the opportunity for both benefits and abuses. So it is with the “epidemic” of drones, the multi-propeller, remote controlled, mini flying platforms that seem on the edge of truly impacting us in hundreds of ways.
They have already shown themselves to be an excellent tool for taking aerial photographs to map wildfires, help real estate agents, and monitor traffic, but they have also been used for illegal peeping and surveillance. They will soon be used for package delivery, which could free up highway traffic and congestion, but could also introduce new ways for unmanned delivery of things like illegal drugs or weapons.
And in one of the newest conundrums having to do with drones, police departments are reviewing how drones will be used, and possibly misused. Legislation in both South Carolina and Tennessee offers a look at how drone use might be applied, and it is important to look at the legislation both for what it says, and for what it does not say.
Drone misuse by police, page 2