when a handful of domestic terrorists kicked into action a plan that involved shooting as many police officers as possible.
One of the shooters, Micah Xavier Johnson, gunned down five Dallas police officers (none of whom had anything to do with Sterling or Castile’s killings) and then holed up in a parking garage. Police armed a bomb robot (one that’s designed to detonate improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and other explosives) with an explosive of their own.
When the robot reached Johnson, police detonated the explosive.
I don’t know about you, but I’m familiar with this thing guaranteed in the Constitution called due process.
Police aren’t judge, jury and executioner.
Certainly police can shoot back if they’re being shot at… but do they have the right to kill an armed citizen who isn’t actively shooting at them?
There are many non-lethal methods to subdue a suspect. Tasers, rubber bullets, and chemical gas are just a few—and police have all of those at their disposal.
So why can police get away with using a robot to kill the suspect of a crime, and how far will they go with it?
I feel like the police department opened Pandora’s box with this one, and it’s going to be interesting to find out how the American public reacts. Sure, we’re running constant drone strikes in the Middle East (which have also been used to kill American citizens, also without due process), but that’s not here in the U.S., which makes me curious about the way this will all pan out. Will Americans speak out, or will we tolerate the occasional robot killing in the name of safety?
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