Massachusetts Legislators Consider Legislation Regarding ‘Lethal Automatons’

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More recently, the potential use of weaponized robots by law enforcement has been a political lightning rod in places like Oakland and San Francisco. Earlier this week, I spoke about the bill with Massachusetts state representative Lindsay Sabadosa, who filed it alongside Massachusetts state senator Michael Moore. Does the bill apply to law enforcement as well? And what we’ve heard from law enforcement repeatedly is that they’re often used to deescalate situations. We haven’t had law enforcement weaponize robots, and no one has said, “We’d like to attach a gun to a robot” from law enforcement in Massachusetts.