On Lawyer2Lawyer: Law Enforcement and the Use of Robots

In July, a sniper opened fire during a march against police shootings in Dallas, killing five police officers and wounding many others. After a 45-minute gun battle and hours of negotiation with the sniper, Dallas Police Chief David Brown gave an order to his SWAT team to come up with a plan to end the mayhem before more police officers were killed. That led to the decision to send in a robot, armed with explosives, to kill the sniper.

In the latest episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we look at the use of robots by law enforcement. What are the legal, policy and ethical questions surrounding their use? Our guests for this program are:

  • Edward Obayashi, deputy sheriff and legal advisor for the Plumas County, Calif., sheriff’s office and an attorney with a practice providing legal advice to California law enforcement agencies.
  • Peter Asaro, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of graduate programs for the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City and co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

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