Vote delayed in purchase of 2 drone helicopters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County Commission has delayed a vote to purchase two tiny remote-controlled drone helicopters that can be used for finding criminal suspects and investigating traffic accidents.

The drones were included in the Sheriff's Office request for other gear that also included scuba equipment.

The Commercial Appeal reports the commission voted 10-1 on Monday to delay a final vote on the purchase of the helicopters.

Some commission members questioned the sheriff's chief administrative officer about whether the drones could be used to look into people's windows or backyards without a warrant.

About 60 public and private entities across the nation have sought federal certification to fly drones, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for privacy and free speech.

That includes Mississippi State University, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and police in North Little Rock, Ark.


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