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Tue Feb 12 2013 (Updated 02/18/13)
Drone Hearings Coming to Berkeley and Oakland
Tue Feb 12 2013 (Updated 02/18/13)
Alameda County Board of Supes and Berkeley Police Review Commission to Hold Drone Hearings
On Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm, the Berkeley Police Review Commission will hold a hearing to discuss a possible drone policy for the city of Berkeley. On Thursday, February 14th at 1pm, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Protection Committee will hold a hearing on the Alameda County Sheriff's plan to purchase and deploy a drone. The Sheriff's Office has stated it wanted to use the drone for "suspicious persons" and "large crowd control disturbances."

Last week, after a series of protests, the mayor of Seattle ordered police to dismantle their drone program in a major victory for privacy.

photo Photos: ACLU, EFF, Local Activists Say No to Surveillance Drones Over Alameda County | Event Announcments: Feb. 13th drone hearing in Berkeley | Feb. 14th drone hearing in Oakland | Paranoia ensues after civilian drone spotted in West Oakland | KPFA coverage | Map of domestic drone programs