Well, it seems like it has to happen sooner or later. Following similar steps by the police in Spain and France, US police officers are now using drones with speakers that are shouting at people to stay at home during the pandemic.
So-called speaker drones have soared over Elizabeth City New Jersey, which has been banned from coronavirus since March 21, officially known as COVID-19
In one of his regular pandemic briefings, Chris Bollwage said Mayor of Elizabeth City, residents that five speakers are equipped with drones, will help the police overcome the lock.
The flying machines will launch an automated message asking people to stop gathering outside and returning home. Anyone who ignores the message could be fined up to $ 1
After a backlash on social media by people who were upset about the decision to use drones to enforce the blockade, Elizabeth police said they were only trying to save lives and add that no shots were taken or pictures were taken.
Regarding comments on drones, we try to save lives, not to be a big brother. If this plan saves 1 life, it's worth it. All it does is spread automated social distance notification. No recordings or pictures are taken, just a tool to comply with the rules. pic.twitter.com/KnptwsxBQ2
– Elizabeth NJ Police (@epdnj) April 8, 2020
The use of speaker drones in the city follows similar missions in France and Spain with both Countries have also been blocked as part of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cops in the UK also used drones during the pandemic, but instead of sending recorded messages, they used aerial photographs to shame people for the apparent violation of the rules for staying at home outdoors. The group for civil liberties, Big Brother Watch, described the tactic as "scary" and "counterproductive".
News of the new Elizabeth City drones arrives just a few days after a spokesman drone has surfaced in nearby New York City and has communicated the importance of social distancing. Nobody seems to know where it came from, including the New York City Police Department. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating the mysterious flight.