In Greek mythology Panoptes had 100 eyes
but only half had to sleep at one time.
Back in 2012 South African police opened fire on striking platinum miners, killing 30 in a bloody industrial dispute.
The Police were surrounded by a crowd of 3000 armed with machetes and spears and so they shot their way out.
Now South African police are taking to the air,
and American police departments are watching very closely.
NYPD has a long history of aerial recon from helicopters but unmanned drones appear to be next.
Designed in CAD and named the Skunk Riot Control Copter, this third gen drone comes with four high capacity gun barrels capable of firing up to 4000 paintballs to put markings on the unruly.
Red paint marks a protestor with a weapon.
Blue will be used to mark thieves and vandals.
A targeted stream of pepper spray will neutralize even the most violent offender.
“Blinding lasers” are standard equipment and loud speakers will satisfy constitutionally mandated first warnings before 80,000-volt taser darts are launched.
And all this for only $46,000!
You might be thinking this could never happen here, but compare that to a typical police chopper costing five million dollars apiece.
The Seattle Police Department just gave LAPD a gift of two $82,000 Draganflyer X6 drones, funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
At a news conference at LAPD headquarters, Chief Charlie Beck said:
“We’re interested in those applications where unmanned drones could assist police forces in “standoffs, perimeters, suspects hiding and other tactical events.”
Keep an eye out and have a great weekend!