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When Police Use Robots to Kill People

The Dallas Police Department's deployment of a machine to take down a suspect raises uncomfortable questions.

The police shooting in Dallas on Thursday marks a milestone in the history of American law enforcement: This is the first time a police department used a robot to kill someone, experts say. On Friday morning, the city’s police chief, David Brown, said officers used a robot to set off an explosive, killing a suspect in the shooting deaths of five police officers after failing to persuade him to surrender. The act raised uncomfortable questions at a time of increasing concern about the police using sophisticated technology that was once employed exclusively in war zones. 

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