San Francisco Hits Pause Button On Killer Robots ... FOR NOW

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to reverse its week-old policy that would have allowed police to use robots for deadly force, following widespread protest and mockery of the idea both locally and nationwide. The supervisors voted unanimously to instead ban the deadly use of robots, but also sent the matter to a committee to study it further and make recommendations. So at some point in the not-too-distant future (next Sunday AD), it's possible that killer robots may yet see limited use, like in special circumstances where police really wanna.

The Associated Press notes that when the Board voted last week to allow lethal use of robots in "extreme circumstances," the city's police department made clear the robots would not be armed with guns, so look at our main image up there just lying to you. Instead, in situations where lives are at risk, cops wanted to have the ability to have robots use explosives to "contact, incapacitate or disorient dangerous or armed suspects."

Read Morre, Hu-Mon ! Dallas Probably Doesn't Signal Rise Of Police Death Robots. At Least Not Yet. Probably.

That's how the first known deadly use of a police robot occurred back in 2016, as we covered in Wonkette at the time: Dallas police used a bomb squad robot to detonate an explosive charge near a sniper who had already shot and killed five officers. In an earlier, non-lethal case, a police bot in New Mexico was used to deliver chemical irritants that helped flush out an armed suspect barricaded in a hotel room.

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January 6

Capitol Cops To Mitch McConnell: Aaayyyyy, Go F*ck Yourself

Oh no, cops and grieving family members politicize insurrection.

Poor Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy were snubbed today at a ceremony to honor police officers with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by the US Congress, for their service in defending the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The ceremony was held in the Capitol Rotunda, where almost two years ago Trump supporters had called for the 2020 election to be overturned and for members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence to be killed for not just handing permanent power to Donald Trump.

McConnell was among the congressional leaders on hand to speak in praise of the Capitol Police and DC Metropolitan Police officers who fought back against the mob that day. He said very nice things about the officers who protected the lives of members of Congress:

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Hero Tampa Police Chief Resigns After Trying To Bribe Her Way Out Of Traffic Ticket

It was probably cheaper to just pay the fine.

Last month, Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Jacoby pulled over Tampa, Florida, Police Chief Mary O’Connor and her husband Keith for driving on the road in a golf cart, an unregistered vehicle, near the gated Oldsmar, Florida, community of East Lake Woodlands.

In the just-released body camera footage, Keith O’Connor explained that they’d stopped for food at a nearby restaurant and didn’t normally drive the cart on public roads, which is illegal and all. Jacoby let O’Connor explain things without beating the crap out of him. He was already getting the “White Person Deluxe” police treatment, but Mary O’Connor wanted more.

She asked if the deputy’s camera was on, and he said, “yes.” That’s when she should’ve just accepted the ticket and moved on with her life, but she nonetheless proceeded to flash her badge at the deputy. "I’m the police chief in Tampa,” she said. “I’m hoping you’ll just let us go tonight.”

Jesus, lady, you’re just getting a ticket! He didn’t even “confuse” the perfume you’re wearing for rum.

Dig how scuzzy she is in the video.


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Months Later, Audio Reveals *Different* Top Uvalde Cop Knew Kids Were Alive In Classroom, Did F*ck-All

He'll be fired, so everything's fine now.

In yet another revelation that the police response to the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, was completely incompetent and may have actually compounded the tragedy, CNN reported Monday night that the town's acting police chief had been informed that there were “eight to nine” children who were still alive and trapped with the shooter in two adjoining classrooms at Robb Elementary School. The cop, Lt. Mariano Pargas, didn't do anything to organize a rescue of the children, and did nothing for a half hour, until a tactical team from the Border Patrol entered the classroom and killed the shooter.

CNN reports that Pargas

called his Uvalde Police Department dispatchers to get details after they relayed a call over the police radio from 10-year-old Khloie Torres that she was in a room “full of victims,” according to a recorded conversation obtained by CNN from sources close to the investigation into the failed law enforcement response to the massacre.

We've known since a few days after the shooting that police on the scene were confused, with communications problems and an unclear chain of command that led to a 77-minute delay between the arrival of the first cops at the school — just minutes after the gunman entered a back door and began shooting — and the eventual killing of the shooter. Cops on the scene said they hadn't been informed of 911 calls from children asking for help, and the Uvalde Schools police chief who was supposedly in charge had said he thought the shooter was barricaded in a classroom but not putting any more children in danger.

CNN notes that the recording of Pargas's call "proves for the first time that a senior officer was directly made aware of a 911 call from inside the classroom" and that he was given detailed information that children were alive — right down to the room number.

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