Statement on NYPD Expanding Drone Aerial Technology

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The Legal Aid Society released the following statement today responding to reporting that the New York City Police Department plans to expand its fleet of drone aerial vehicles:

“The Legal Aid Society opposes the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) addition of drones to its unregulated arsenal of surveillance tools. The Department has a history of using powerful technology to unfairly target our clients and communities of color. Its continued unrestrained expansion will only further sow distrust and increase unequal treatment of our clients. This is a dangerous step towards the further militarization of the NYPD.”