Professor Witmer-Rich Comments on Police Use of Drones

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich was quoted in a Cleveland.com story on plans by the Cleveland Division of Police to begin using drones sometime later this year. He noted some of the Fourth Amendment risks created by digital surveillance tools such as drones: “There are additional privacy risks by the fact you’re using a digital surveillance to do that and that may violate the Fourth Amendment even though a police officer doing the same thing might not.”

In addition, Professor Witmer-Rich urged the police to seek public input on developing new policies governing the use of drones before beginning to use them.

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