|Advocates say camera-mounted drones could help protect officers and others by collecting crucial information during high-risk situations or searches without risking their safety. For many privacy advocates and police critics, however, the drones stir Orwellian visions of unwarranted surveillance or fears of militarized, weapon-toting devices patrolling the skies.|
...The debate over whether the LAPD should use drones began in 2014, when the department received two Draganflyer X6 drones from police in Seattle — devices the Washington agency unloaded after heavy criticism from the public... the drones were grounded — and ultimately destroyed — before they were ever flown.
Or WERE they???
It seems that at least one police drone has survived this 2014 culling and has managed full immersion and is currently embedded and accepted into a violent Los Angeles gang as one of their own.
PICTURED: LAPD undercover officer, code name "Zumbido". He appears here in silhouette to keep his identity a secret from the various LA gangs like the Crips, the bloods, the Mexican Mafia and the Triads - just to name a few. He Works undercover, wearing street clothes and disguises to blend in with the locals.