The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a policy proposal 8-3 that would have allowed the SFPD to use weapons of military quality, including the contentious use of lethal remote-controlled robots.
The robots would only use lethal force “where risk of loss of life to members of the public or police is imminent and outweighs any other force option available to SFPD,” according to the original proposal. District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen declared their opposition to the permission. The robots will be “used to enhance the safety of the community and officers by providing ground support and situational awareness for law enforcement operations,” the draft proposal states. Lethal robot use would be limited to training, criminal apprehending, critical incidents, suspicious device assessments, and urgent situations, in addition to training being necessary for all officers using the robots.