North Dakota police can now arm drones with non-lethal weapons

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North Dakota Police Allowed to Use Drones That Fire Tear Gas and Tasers
Police in North Dakota can now use drones equipped with non-lethal weapons such as tasers, rubber bullets, tear gas and sound cannons thanks to a new bill. Originally, the bill was meant to limit the police's surveillance powers and excluded any use of weapons on police drones, but a recent amendment made it possible for the authorities to use non-lethal weapons.

While these weapons are non lethal, the danger associated with their use remains and there have been a few episodes where they caused death. Additionally, operating remotely raises concern over the difficulty of limiting police abuse.

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Sgt. Jim Linn retrieves the Alameda County Sheriff's Office drone while demonstrating a search and rescue operation on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Durbin carries a drone while demonstrating a search and rescue operation, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A drone operated by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office flies during a demonstration of a search and rescue operation on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Durbin, left, operates a drone while demonstrating a search and rescue operation, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A drone flies over a ravine as the Alameda County Sheriff's Office demonstrates a search and rescue operation, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Durbin prepares to fly a drone during a demonstration of a search and rescue operation on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Durbin prepares to fly a drone during a demonstration of a search and rescue operation on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Dublin, Calif. As law enforcement joins the ranks of hobbyists sending drones into California skies, civil liberties advocates are raising the specter of unchecked police surveillance and state lawmakers are drafting limits. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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