This is from March 2012 but I do not see any threads that discuss it according to my search.
I have a feeling that we will be hearing about similar incidents going forward...
The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff's Office had a big day planned. After becoming the first department in the country with its own aerial drone
($300,000!), they were ready for a nice photo op. And then the drone crashed into a SWAT team.
The Examiner reports a painfully contrived police action-athon:
As the sheriff's SWAT team suited up with lots of firepower and their armored vehicle known as the "Bearcat," a prototype drone from Vanguard Defense
Industries took off for pictures of all the police action. It was basically a photo opportunity, according to those in attendance.
"[The] prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it lost contact with the controller's console on the ground. It's designed to go
into an auto shutdown mode...but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT team's armored vehicle."
Not only did the drone fail, and not only did it crash, it literally crashed into the police. It's no wonder we're not able to find a video of this
spectacular publicity failure. Luckily, the SWAT boys were safe in their Bearcat.
The original article from The Examiner which the Gizmodo article cites has since been taken down so here is another link ...
Personally, I would not feel safe having drones flying over me regardless if they are armed or not as this incident is proof that the technology is
faulty, even if it's due to user error. Do you really want amateurs who have next to zero experience operating these things flying them over your
Imagine if it crashed into a mother's day parade or a school picnic instead? I know the odds of this happening are low but this "malfunction" proves
that it certainly is possible. I am afraid to even think of what it's going to be like when they finally decide to arm these things as well which in
my opinion probably isn't that far away if you look how things have been going lately.
As the article mentions, it's kind of odd that we have no footage of this happening since it happened during an actual photo-op. I think it's safe to
say that this photo-op went horribly wrong.
edit on 5/13/2013 by Corruption Exposed because: (no reason given)
The drones will get really scary when they are automated. I also think that it is only a matter of time before automated robotic police are patrolling
the streets. Anyone who thinks this is a sci-fi fantasy should consider how much of our current technology was once a sci-fi fantasy. Imagine those
RoboCop: CITIZEN, SURRENDER YOUR WEAPON
Citizen: What? I don't have a weapon.
RoboCop: CITIZEN, DISARM OR FORCE WILL BE APPLIED, YOU HAVE THREE SECONDS TO COMPLY.
Citizen: oh wtf man, I don't have a weapon! It's just a baseball bat!
Citizen: Ugh, This is ridiculous. We're at a BATTING CAGE FFS!
RoboCop: ONE.........YOU HAVE BEEN ELECTRICALLY SUBDUED. REMAIN CALM. IF YOU CONTINUE TO RESIST YOU WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ELECTRIC SHOCKS
Children: DADDY NO!!!! STOP HURTING HIM
RoboCop: (turns towards children) CITIZEN, YOU ARE INTERFERING WITH AN OFFICIAL POLICE MATTER. SURRENDER YOUR WEAPON
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