Connecticut Set To Become First State To Allow Deadly Police Drones

Tyler Durden's picture

Connecticut could become the first US state to allow police to use drones equipped with deadly weapons if a bill opposed by civil libertarians becomes law. The bill, which was approved overwhelmingly by the state legislature's judiciary committee on Wednesday, would ban so-called weaponized drones in the state but exempts police and other agencies involved in law enforcement, the AP reported. The legislation was introduced as a complete ban on weaponized drones but just before the committee vote it was amended to exclude police from the restriction. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, was reviewing the proposal, "however in previous years he has not supported this concept," spokesman Chris Collibee wrote in an email.

"Obviously this is for very limited circumstances," said Republican state Sen. John Kissel, of Enfield, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee that approved the measure Wednesday and sent it to the House of Representatives. "We can certainly envision some incident on some campus or someplace where someone is a rogue shooter or someone was kidnapped and you try to blow out a tire."

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in new rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons.

North Dakota is the only state that allows police to use weaponized drones, but limits the use to "less lethal" weapons, including stun guns, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Currently five states - Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Wisconsin - prohibit anyone from using a weaponized drone, while Maine and Virginia ban police from using armed drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Several other states have restricted drone use in general. So far, 36 states have enacted laws restricting drones and an additional four states have adopted drone limits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Meanwhile, concerns are growing about potential unchecked police brutality and death raining from the robotic skies: civil libertarians and civil rights activists are lobbying to restore the bill to its original language before the full House vote Reuters adds.

"Data shows police force is disproportionately used on minority communities, and we believe that armed drones would be used in urban centers and on minority communities," said David McGuire, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Connecticut. "We would be setting a dangerous precedent," McGuire added. "It is really concerning and outrageous that that's being considered in our state legislature. Lethal force raises this to a level of real heightened concern."

"That's not the kind of precedent we want to set here," McGuire said of the prospect that Connecticut would become the first state to allow police to use lethally armed drones.

Others echoed McGuire's concerns: "We have huge concerns that they would use this new technology to abuse our communities," said Scot X. Esdaile, president of state chapter of the NAACP. Esdaile said he has received calls from around the country from NAACP officials and others concerned about the Connecticut legislation.

Three police departments in the state - Hartford, Plainfield and Woodbury - began using drones within the past year, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

For now, however, the proposal is unlikely to unleash scenes out of some Robocop spinoff: The bill includes restrictions on drone use and reporting requirements that are supported by the ACLU.

It would require police to get a warrant before using a drone, unless there are emergency circumstances or the person who is the subject of the drone use gives permission. It also would require police to report yearly on how often they use drones and why, and create new crimes and penalties for criminal use of drones, including voyeurism.

Furthermore, final passage is not assured: although the bill overwhelmingly passed the Judiciary Committee, several members said they just wanted to see the proposal get to the House floor for debate. They said they had concerns about police using deadly force with drones. If Connecticut's Democratic-controlled House passes the bill it will move to the Senate, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.

"I think that police are taught one thing," said Democratic Bridgeport Sen. Edwin Gomes. "You put a weapon in their hand, they shoot center mass, they shoot to kill. If it's going to be used, you're going to use it to kill somebody."

Finally, for those wondering how a drone could possibly shoot, the following video of a drone shooting a gun - appropriately enough in Connecticut - should answer that question.

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GRDguy's picture

What ya gonna do

when they come for you?

erkme73's picture

God do I wish this was an April Fools joke.


Just what we need... Another way for cops to protect themselves at the expense of civilians.   Remember, all a cop wants is to come home to his family at night.  You, eh, who cares.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The key here is that civilian armed drones are banned.   The police and SWAT and so on probably didn't need permission.    Recall the Dallas sniper that killed all those cops was blown up by a weaponised-on-the-spot remote control robot.  

Future Jim's picture

"You see, in a liberal Democracy, the government has the right to arm drones to better serve the people."

"But, dad, isn't that fascism?"

"No, because we don't call it that."

90's Child's picture

Shit if their drones are as accurate as they are in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and any other predominately brown Middle Eastern Countries then I see a lot of lawsuits being filed for mistaken identity / wedding party murders.

espirit's picture

Shoot to kill (((Drones))).

10 Gauge works well to 80 yards.

clymer's picture

The only thing I am suprised at is anyone that thinks the constitution state would not allow such nonsense? sandy hook state - not suprised

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) clymer Apr 2, 2017 12:02 AM

Satan inverts everything, its what he does.

war is peace

love is hate

Keep going leftists, your colors are shown

You are what you accuse others of.

God is great, exposing it all now.

stacking12321's picture

I can't wait for when something like Icarus is used to hijack a police drone and use it against them.

Lore's picture

Surveillance may have a place in a narrow range of situations, but this business of arming them is a line that we don't want to cross. For one thing, as we've seen overseas, it enables overreach by psychopaths (e.g., hospitals / weddings / reporters / bystanders).  Moreover, it means that EVERYbody will start to arm their drones and capture and copy the other guy's drones, and jam them, and shoot at them, and engage in my-drone-vs-your-drone dogfights, and generally turn a recreational hobby with limited emergency applications into a new instrument of terror and eliminate the viability of these things for anything other than target practice. 

It's interesting that Amazon still seems intent on pursuing drones as a means for delivering goods to some customers. Call me cynical or a realist, but I just don't see it working out.

Lanka's picture

Darein CT is a target-rich envirionment.

detached.amusement's picture

CT...the worst state in the union, the most globalist controlled wasteful borderline communist government..."Constitution" state....fkn LOL, its the anti constitution state

HowdyDoody's picture

The cops are looking to get their hands on real drones once the US military wants to get rid of them. They are already poncing around like wannabe miltiary rather than police. The drones will be predator and reaper scale devices, not the toy-town amateur devices.

lil dirtball's picture

After the preconditioning media propaganda blitz over the last century - especially during the last 50 years - of everything from film noir (no good guys, only shades of bad to worse) to dystopian novels and movies to comic books ... why would anyone think there's some magic line to defend humanity?

And, this all just what they want to tell us. The reality is that we don't know what we don't know - by design.


... continual crisis ...

"You live in a theme park." - Joe Walsh

PT's picture

SkyNet was already live.  Now it has been made official.  Okay, technically it is not the SkyNet we know because the robots do not have complete control.  What's the bet that a lot of innocent-bystander-victims will just happen to own lots of assets that the govt wants to confiscate?

espirit's picture

@ Chris

It's psychological projection. Wiki, and understand it.


Sad, and simply but true.

Libtard's picture

Chris, not judging, but how do you partake in astrology which is an abomination to God?

The Gun Is Good's picture

Astrology is either just as real as any made-up "God," or it is more so, being aligned with patterns in nature and the universe that have been studied for thousands of years.

Jesus = Horus redux. Look it up and learn.

(Downvote away, fools.)

Libtard's picture

Ill agree to a point that the name "Jesus" and the Roman Catholic Church and all of its "harlot daughters" a.k.a. mainsream protestant churches do indeed maintain elements that can be traced back to ancient Babylon and Egypt. If you actually read the bible you will see these elements are either not found in there or they are explicity forbidden.  Its a sad state of affairs, however it was also prophesied in the bible that such things would happen in the last days. .
2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

Now the name Jesus is not the true name of our Messiah. His name is Yahshua in Hebrew and Yeshua in Aramaic. Joshua is a closer transliteration into English than Jesus. Yahshua means "salvation." Yah is short for the tetragammaton YHWH often pronounced "Yahweh" or "YaHuWaH." So Yahshua literally means Yah's salvation or Yahweh is salvation.

So you may ask so what? The point is HaSatan; the adversary has mixed just enough truth with mostly lies to decieve billions of people. He knew from the very beginning Yah was going to send His Son to save the world. So since than he has been creating myths and fables that look very close to the real thing, but in reality, are very different. Theres a saying "the best lie is the one closest to the truth."

As far as astrology is concerned, Chris cites God and satan, so I assumed he meant the God of the bible. If so, then according to such, astrology is an abomination and falls under sorcery and fortune telling. If he did not mean the God of the bible than I am wrong in my assumption and I apologize.

My advice to you concerning whether the biblical account of Yahshua, a.k.a Jesus is based on ancient myth is to stop watching pseudo-documentaries on youtube, read actual scholarly publications regarding these ancient legends and religions, then compare to the Word of God.

The Gun Is Good's picture

That's all very reasonable (and no downvote from me, btw), and I appreciate your detailed presentation; but Jesus' virgin birth, resurrection, and a number of other traits and deeds are archetypal. The history existed before his arrival. And the real hang-up for me is when people cite "The Word of God," which is written by fallible humans and subject to all of their prejudices, imaginings, politics of the time, interpretations, exaggerations, omissions, etc. etc. And there is no proof that it's true (this being the same for all religions). Religious people overwhelmingly swear their particular faiths are the only true religions but in the end rely on zero empirical evidence, dead-ending instead at the word of ___[insert deity/deities]___, which simply won't do. So either all ancient spiritual and metaphysical systems deserve equal respect, as it were, or none at all. In this case, no religion can thus trump astrological practice. (I happen to be spiritual but decidedly not religious, but I shant witter away on that point!) If your beliefs lead you down a path of light, love, and human generosity, while imbuing you with a sense of justice and a desire to fight evil (and even to make sacrifices in such a quest), then rock on! We'll have to disagree on the finer points of religion though.

Libtard's picture

So tell me, what evidence would suffice for you? I see evidence everytime I look at the complexity of nature. Many physists are even saying the fine tuning of the universe points to intelligent design. The fact that we have the conscious ability to have this discussion points to an intelligent creator. Have you ever looked at the incredible engineering involved in how DNA works? You know it contains an immense amount of coded information right? Its very similar to language or computer code. Show me an example of any form of organized, coded information that does not have an intelligence behind it. It requires much less faith for me to believe in a creator than to believe absolute nothing created everything! Thats right, you have to have an enormous amount of faith to believe in the religion of evolution.

As far as the bible being written by man sure, I wont argue that. The proof that it is divinely inspired and wriiten with the assistance of the spirit of God are the many prophecies that have come to fulfilment. As well as the continuity and harmony spanning 66 books written by over 40 authors over thousands of years.  For instance the prophecies in Daniel that give the exact number of years from the end of the exile in Babylon to when Yeshua starts His ministry is exactly foretold 490 before it happened, the exact number of years he said it would. The oldest copy of the book of Daniel is dated between 250 and 300 years before Christ found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The timeline started when the command to rebuild Jerusalem went out from King Artaxerexes, the Persian King that was rulling over Judea at the time. That command is recorded in both the book of Ezra and Nehemiah. Secular history varifies when the second temple and Jerusalem began to be rebuilt. Thats just one example, albeit a huge one! He fulfilled over 300 prophecies that spanned over 1000 years written by various authors in different geographical locations. Show me another religious book that has fulfilled prophecies like that. I dont know if you're interested but Dr. William Lane Craig is a theologian, philosopher, and New Testament scholar when it comes to the historicity and authenticity of the texts. Look him up. The evidence is there if your willing to actually look. Have you ever even read the bible?

detached.amusement's picture

Most engineering disasters take place because of misunderstandings and things taken as givens which are most assuredly not.

OneZero's picture

Are you guys arguing over the existence of God? Jeez, Louise, what a waste of energy. No one can prove, or disprove the existence of God. We believe. We do not know. That goes for both sides. A person's beliefs do not add to, or subtract from their human worth. Beliefs don't make you smarter than anyone else, in spite of what your college professors told you. In a smarts contest, I would put a Tolkien, or CS Lewis up against any 200 Gender Studies professors and even that might not be fair. Those professors have simply convinced themselves of their own intelligence and convinced young people to join their self-validating Smarty Club. We believe, we do not know. Print it out and stick it on your bedroom mirror next to your signed picture of Aerosmith, your prom picture (is that a baby-blue tux?) and the post-it notes of OTHER important stuff that you/we need to remember. The fact that there is no scientific evidence for the existence of God is meaningless. You couldn't prove the existence of the Higgs/Boson Particle (I know I misspelled it but I'm on a roll here) five seconds before it was proven. Did the particle not exist before it was proven? Were there egg-faced smarties standing in the wings of that laboratory saying that they were certain that there was no such particle, and we needed to shift funds to their research 'cause they were gonna produce REAL results? on it. One thing that currently worshipped mono Gods have in common is a demand that we/believers have faith. Proof of God's existence would preclude faith. Once proven, God would be a lot less cool. Yes, people kill in the name of God. Many times more have been killed in the name of the State by people who claimed to be Atheists (most of those "godless" Statists actually worship the State God, they are just not self-aware enough to recognize their own religion.) I make no excuses for and condemn any initiation/first use of agressive violence. But I digress. We believe, we do not know and we are stuck here, together, believing, not knowing, Jack shit. The path to peace is to first admit, out loud that nobody actually knows Jack Shit about the existence, or non-existence of God and learn to respect and value the human qulities that make each side believe as they do.

ebworthen's picture

Exactly.  Noting a shotgun can't take care of.

effendi's picture

So the cop drone will stay 200 yards back and use your hopeless attempts to shoot it down as a justification to nail your arse. 

44magnum's picture

At 200 yds away what will the drone be armed with?

A gun is out of the question as it wont be able to hit anything with accuracy at 200 yds. So that leaves a guided missile or maybe baby barrel bombs they can just drop on our heads. Don't have to be to accurate with them. Yep,those are good weapon for the police to have in their arsenal.

The Gun Is Good's picture

Makes me think of the body heat pattern-guided micro missles from the movie Runaway (Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons, et al.). Yeah, that would suck.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I'm sure the military defense industry is lobbying for the use of Hellfire missiles on these CT thugpig drones.  "It's the only way to be sure".  Collateral damage potential?  Maybe, but if they were within 30 meters of the target, they were prolly co-conspirators.  <sarc> 

Smedley's picture

If you like your totalitarian regime you can keep your totalitarian regime!

We might of tortured some folks.....

Hilarious now...


WorkingFool's picture

Just to be absolutely clear, good fucking riddance to that asshole.

VD's picture

the irony is that CT is a totally insolvent libtard yeah, more drone war tech will fix their imploding pensions and budgetary shortfalls.... the end of the empire quickens.

Mr 9x19's picture

logicial path, after the ground :


they now use the air.


the real god in 50 years will birth with ability to unplug skynet.

young should consider every aspect of electrical jobs. could be more useful than the bear grills survival techniks books

yogibear's picture

So now the bad guys can use weaponized drones to shoot out truck tires and disable trucks and perform heist.

Or Terrorist can use them to attach bombs on tall buildings to demand ransom.

How about using them to attach bombs onto ships.



SoDamnMad's picture

This just in from NBC in Hartford, Connecticutt

A Russian drone wipes out Chevy Suburan in the Hamptons carrying oligarch who fled Russia after stealing $500 million dollars and using US judicial system to avoid extradition.   Sergei Lavarov justified the killing which not only killed the occupants of the vehicle but also 6 adjacent shoppers saying America weaponizes drones, America uses weaponized drones throughout the world to "eliminate" select targets, and in all cases uses the drones without the due process of law being exercised to prove guilt or innocence.  Barack Obama could not be reached for comment  during his daily golf outing.

FriendlyAquaponics's picture

Grow your own food.

It's the Quiet Revolution.

Gold Pedant's picture

If I grow my own food, what happens to the 20-40 Auguista area minorities (hint: not illegal aliens) who are happily planting and selling me my tomatoes? We're only talking about the ones I've bought from or employed on a regular basis!

A hint at the answer: you can make a lousy argument all day for a subsistence farming economy, but what does everyone else do? This is rather like the lame argument that a pre-currency barter economy existed. Not a great place to be.

proV's picture

They can become self sufficient too. Don't humiliate them by thinking they are too stupid to become something greater than tomato people.

Big Corked Boots's picture

(hint: not illegal aliens)

Gibs me dat!

I don't accept EBT at my farm stand. Considering the collosal amount of tax I pay, taking the plastic card with a USSA flag on it as payment is like not getting paid at all.


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

A corrupt system, however complicated, will bite everyone in the ass, usually unexpectedly and hard.  A system with integrity, however simple, will well serve its users.  The .gov bullshit that is monetary policy, taxation, and military/welfare programs is an incredibly complex, opaque, unsustainable abomination.  You might feel like 'we're all in this together' and be content with that for now, but I bet that changes when the system really leans on you (we're gonna need all your assets/freedoms to keep this bitch running).  

Tom Angle's picture

A barter economy has more value than an economy who's moniraty system is based on a promissory note based on debt.

OneZero's picture

Tools are the revolution. Tools and skills. Have some of both.

junction's picture

No surprise that Connecticut is the designated testig ground for killer drones.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School false flag operation shows that nothing is beneath the bought off crooked police and politicians in Connecticut.

Nobodys Home's picture

Try to kill them. I'm not kneeling for the bullet in my head!

c2nnib2l's picture

Finally some justice will knock the streets of Detroit 

shocktherapy's picture

The two states that are weaponizing drones are.....

Connecticut 80% white

North Dakota 88% white

But you can keep up that narritive while they take your last bit of freedom away.

curbjob's picture

Personally  I don't give a fuck about his loss of freedom.

It's the oxygen he steals from the rest of us that is so offensive. 

Idaho potato head's picture

Time to brush up my trap shooting skills.

Offthebeach's picture

Which armed drone is the best?  The Bridgeporter or the Hartforder?

ffed's picture

The Earth is Flat and I'm actively telling people to research it for themselves, I hear them!