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Re: Well you knew that someone, some place would make it happen.
« Reply #60 on: October 11, 2017, 06:43:01 PM »
Drones for child molestation?  Report is at this URL:  https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akron-schools-alerts-parents-about-suspicious-drone

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Couple says voice from drone tried to lure children away from Akron school playground
Published: October 11, 2017 - 10:19 AM | Updated: October 11, 2017 - 6:57 PM

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By Theresa Cottom
Beacon Journal staff writer

Since Monday, an Akron couple hasn’t seen the mysterious white drone flying over their house in the city’s Ellet neighborhood.

But just last week, they said a drone was trying to lure children — including their own — off of the playground at Windemere Community Learning Center, right next to their home.

Now, Akron Public Schools is warning parents about the possible suspicious drone flying around the school.

Windemere Principal Megan Lee-Wilfong sent a letter to families Monday saying a neighbor had reported a drone with “voice technology” talking to children who were playing on school grounds in the evenings and over the weekend.

“If you are allowing your child to come to school to play in the evenings or on the weekends, please make sure that he/she is accompanied by an adult. I know that children playing at school would seem safe, but without adequate adult supervision, anything can happen,” Lee-Wilfong wrote in the letter.

Lois and Michael M. — who didn’t want their last name printed for privacy reasons — said they reported the incident.

Michael M. said his kids are at the playground nearly every day. Two weeks ago, his two 13-year-old sons, Gavin and Jacen, said they started seeing a small white drone flying over the playground.

The kids said the drone talked to them in a computerized voice from what looked like a built-in speaker.

“It keeps saying ‘hey’ until you reply,” Jacen said.

The drone showed up sporadically above the playground multiple times two weeks ago. But last week, Gavin and Jacen said they saw the drone with their friends every day in the evening. Michael and Lois M. said they heard it, too.

Gavin and Jacen said their friends said “what” back to the drone, and the drone told them to follow it.

Michael M. said one of the children actually did. The child, one of Gavin’s and Jacen’s friends, started following the drone down the street to Dollar Tree, where the drone voice said it was going.

Michael M. said the child’s father happened to see him walking down the street and stopped the child before he got to Dollar Tree.

“He got lucky,” Michael M. said. “Who knows where he would be right now.”

After that, Michael and Lois M. reported the incident to the school on Friday. Lois said Lee-Wilfong “moved really quick,” addressing the issue when the school opened on Monday.

Schools spokesman Mark Williamson stressed that the drone has not been spotted during school hours and school officials have not seen it.

Akron police spokesman Rick Edwards said police haven’t received any complaints about a drone acting suspicious or talking to children near the school.

He urged people to contact authorities if they see a drone acting suspicious, but also noted that it’s not illegal to fly drones.

Beacon Journal staff writer Rick Armon contributed to this report. Theresa Cottom can be reached at 330-996-3216 or tcottom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @Theresa_Cottom.

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Re: Well you knew that someone, some place would make it happen.
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2017, 11:29:32 AM »
People in Los Angeles are uncomfortable with drones in the hands of Big Brother:  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/10/17/lapd-panel-drone-program/

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LAPD Board Could Approve Controversial Drone Program Tuesday
October 17, 2017 4:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department will consider approving a drone pilot program Tuesday — several months after the department first presented what it called a limited plan to use the technology.

Approval of the program would come despite opposition from activists who consider the technology a threat to civil liberties, and after only 6 percent of the 1,675 emails the department received about the program were in support of it.

The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners held a meeting two weeks ago, when it approved the guidelines for the 1-year pilot program. Now, after posting the guidelines on the department’s website for two weeks and receiving more public feedback, the board is scheduled to vote on its final approval.

The commission first heard a presentation on the guidelines for the proposed LAPD program in August, and the department held four public meetings to get feedback.

A pair of Draganflyer X6 drones were given to the LAPD by Seattle in 2014, but they have never been deployed. Police Chief Charlie Beck said at the time that the drones could be used during tactical events such as manhunts and standoffs. But he also said the department planned to work closely with the American Civil Liberties Union to ensure the drones would not infringe on individual privacy rights.

The LAPD’s pursuit of a pilot program is a reversal of its policy after it abandoned the idea of using drones three years ago in the face of protests from activists.

According to the guidelines the LAPD commission approved, drones would be used in a limited capacity, including high-risk tactical operations, barricaded armed suspect responses, hostage rescues, and situations involving threats of exposure to hazardous materials and the need to detect explosive devices.

The drones would not be weaponized or used during surveillance, and their use would have be approved on a case-by-case basis.

The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way in June for the city’s fire department to begin using drones. A Los Angeles Fire Department report addressed the issue of privacy concerns and said the devices would not be used to monitor or provide surveillance for law enforcement.

In July, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Civilian Oversight Commission voted 5-4 to call for the grounding of the LASD’s drone program, although Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the program would continue.

Members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, the Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other civil rights organizations have been vocal about their opposition to the program over concerns that “mission creep” will lead to the devices one day being armed or used for surveillance to infringe on privacy rights.

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Re: Well you knew that someone, some place would make it happen.
« Reply #62 on: October 17, 2017, 04:29:46 PM »
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