Police in multiple states are using drones donated by DJI, a Chinese company to enforce social distancing rules and impose fines of up to $1000.
"The drones, donated by DJI, a Chinese company, have gone to 43 agencies in 22 states, all to help enforce social distancing rules."
US using Chinese drones to spy on and lecture Americans about a virus caused by communist China
Oh, and DJI "may be sending data to China" pic.twitter.com/LqH6VzonzH
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 17, 2020
Ted Cruz responded “Uh…..” and appeared to be dumbfounded by the news.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 18, 2020
The Elizabeth Police Department in NJ wrote on their Facebook page:
During Mayor Chris Bollwage daily COVID-19 Updates, he mentioned the Elizabeth Police Department implementing drones around the City of Elizabeth to help combat people not following social distancing.
We have been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) since 2018, however, the new models are equipped with voice capabilities. We were able to secure 5 DJI Mavic 2 UAV, on loan through DJI’s Public Safety Disaster Relief Program – thank you to Wayne Baker, the DJI Director of Public Safety Integration.
These drones will be around the City with an automated message from the Mayor telling you to STOP gathering, disperse and go home.
Summonses HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE to be issued to those found in violation.
Fines are up to $1000.
You have been advised.
They later added another statement:
Regarding the comments on the drones, we are just trying to save lives, not trying to be big brother. If this plan saves one life, then it is worth it.
All the drones are doing is spreading an automated notice about keeping your social distance. There is no recording and no pictures being taken, it is a tool of encouragement to follow the rules.
With that being said, vulgarity and profanity will NOT be tolerated.
Such actions will be deleted.
NY Post reports the town of Elizabeth, NJ has unleashed a fleet of talking drones to scold people for hanging out in groups during the coronavirus crisis, according to a report Wednesday.
Five of the bossy ‘bots on Tuesday began barking orders such as “STOP gathering!” while soaring above parks and other public hotspots, according to NBC New York.
“These drones will be around the City with an automated message from the Mayor telling you to STOP gathering, disperse and go home,” the police department announced on Facebook. “Summonses HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE to be issued to those found in violation. Fines are up to $1000. You have been advised.”
Footage of a police test run shows the gadget blaring a siren as it zips above cop cars in a parking lot. The futuristic fleet is on loan from the manufacturing firm DJI to urge folks to follow 6-foot social distancing guidelines, according to police.
Chinese officials were first to send the message by drone that crowded gatherings aren’t gonna fly. In February, authorities in the country also used drones to scold citizens who went outside outside without face masks.