Notorious Arizona Sheriff Sheriff Joe Arpaio To Deploy Unmanned Drones

SheriffJoePhoenix’s ABC15 reports on the forging ahead with new forms of corrupt policing:

Arpaio confirms to ABC15 he has a plan to use drones, if he can get them. While Arpaio didn’t specify exactly the types of drones he wants, at a Tuesday press conference, he said the models they’re eyeing are between $5,000 and $20,000, and he’d like them outfitted with cameras and infrared capabilities.

The first drone, if obtained, would circle or hover in the areas above Arpaio’s jails, he explained. “Surveillance regarding crime scenes and drugs, catching dope peddlers,” Arpaio described.

When asked about people’s privacy, Arpaio responded without hesitation. “Privacy in the jails? Privacy for criminals, privacy for those with drugs? They better watch out.”

As for the cost of the drones, Arpaio says the money would come mainly through drug seizure dollars. “Isn’t it great? It would be the criminals buying these to arrest more criminals,” said Arpaio.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    The nation’s happiest fascist.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      You know, in light of Arpaio’s saggily ol’ man titties, there is room for a vast multiplicity of readings of the phrase “unmanned drones”.

      • Calypso_1

        Perhaps they are deployed while watching the inmates in pink underwear.

  • DeepCough

    As for the cost of the drones, Arpaio says the money would come mainly
    through drug seizure dollars. “Isn’t it great? It would be the criminals
    buying these to arrest more criminals,” said Arpaio.

    Oh, that’s a relief: misappropriated funds from drug dealers are going to be used to fund Sheriff Arpaio’s Big Brother program.

    • InfvoCuernos

      He fails to see the slippery slope that he’s setting up: if the drones are too successful, then he won’t have the money to maintain and fuel his fleet of drones, so its in his best interest to not stop all the drug dealers. Too much efficiency will ground his watchdogs.

      • Anarchy Pony

        The perpetual peril of the drug war.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Yes.

      • Haystack

        At this point police departments regard income from drug seizures as a structural part of their budget outlay. The slope has already been slipped down, so to speak.

        Since they can’t realistically put an end to the drug trade, it’s not too much efficiency that they have to worry about. It’s legalization.

      • Will Coles

        They’ve already found police (corrupt or ignorant) try to seize property by claiming the owner is manufacturing or dealing drugs. They’ve even been caught checking out land property values before raiding them. In one instance they killed the owner during the raid only to find no evidence to link him to drugs.

  • over2soon

    What a relief, I thought that the NSA and State Governments were going to need to hack into our Google Glass equivalents once the technology becomes widespread. It gives me joy to hear that our Surveillance/Police State will be established completely on the government dime, using appropriated funds, rather than through shadowy means.

  • Earthstar

    Drone hunter will soon become a very popular game…

  • lilbear68

    looks like joe has won and pretty much told holder and his gang of criminals to take a flyin leap

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