by Michael Lowrey
So the UPoR reports:
Monroe’s City Council has given its police department approval to buy a “mini drone,” a type of military technology whose expanded use around the nation is drawing increased scrutiny from Washington politicians and civil libertarians.
The council on Tuesday approved spending $44,000 in drug forfeiture funds to buy a battery-powered mini drone, complete with a rotating infrared camera. City officials said they are not looking to spy on law-abiding residents. They said detailed usage policies will be in place before they deploy the device, which will be used only for community safety, such as at crime scenes, searches or natural disasters.
Of course, average Monroe residents need not fear being spied on by the drone. The city manager and others who work at city hall on the other hand…