Residents of Minnesota’s largest county may soon notice police drones whizzing around overhead. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO with a serious lack of oversight regarding its use. Law enforcement officials used the drone to collect evidence without first obtaining a warrant, and they still fail to explain the full scope of the program.The county sheriff’s office maintains that the drone will only be used for search and rescue missions
, like the one in May, but it seems that more may be in store. Its Unmanned Aerial Systems policy currently outlines
“protocols [for] data intended to be used as evidence” and “[facilitates] law enforcement access to images and data captured by the UAS.” Such language raises concerns about police surveillance through drones and leaves more questions than answers about a program that has largely remained in the dark.
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