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California County Inching Toward Drone Deployment? | Threat Level

Will Alameda County become California’s first local government to deploy a drone?

If the decision were up to dozens of angry residents and several civil rights groups, the answer would be a resounding “No.” They urged the Bay Area county’s leaders, in a public hearing sometimes filled with acrimony Thursday, to squash a plan by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department to deploy up to two small, lightweight drones.

“We oppose the use of public resources to buy machines to surveil its citizens,” Michael Seigel, a member of Alameda County Against Drones, said to rousing applause by many of the 150 people in attendance before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee.

Moments later, Sheriff Gregory Ahern said: “We object to the term surveil. We have no intention of doing that.” [more]