MO Police warn proposed ban on government drones could pose safety risks

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

(KMOV.com) – Police warn that a proposed law to ban government drones in Missouri skies could pose safety risks.

The Missouri State House passed a bill that would also ban police helicopters or planes from conducting surveillance.

There is an exception that exists in the bill that would let law enforcement fly if there were an “imminent danger.”

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says this would cause delays when there is a lost child or when air support is needed over a crime scene.

“We like to have our aircraft in the air and on patrol because if a bank robbery happens or a vehicle pursuit happens, they need to immediately respond to these things.  We can’t have them sitting on the ground at Spirit Airport waiting for these things to happen.”

The bill now heads to the Missouri State Senate.

News 4 called the sponsor of the bill, but has not received a call back yet.

 

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