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Seattle mayor orders police to back off drone use

- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2013

Seattle's mayor, reacting to widespread complaints and concerns from residents, has ordered the city's police department to drop plans to use two drones it purchased via a federal grant.

"Today, I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that Seattle Police Department can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department's priority," Mayor Mike McGinn said, according to an Associated Press report.

Officials will be returning the drones to the vendor, the mayor said, according to AP.

Seattle's move comes as the discussion over drone use in the civilian sector has heated. At least 11 states have considered limits or outright prohibitions on police and government use of the technology, AP reports.

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