The always-innovating Los Angeles Police Department is testing a potential addition to its fleet of vehicles: a military-grade electric motorcycle.
Designed “exclusively for military use in the US Special Operations Forces,” the Zero MMX runs almost silently and can operate on and off-road for up to 164 miles on a charge, according to a press release by the manufacturer. Capable of traveling in over three feet of water and producing 68 pound-feet of torque, the stealthy vehicle reaches a top speed of 85 MPH.
Electric motorcycles are not the only vehicles the LAPD may use in coming years. In May, the department received two unmanned aerial vehicles from the city of Seattle. Originally purchased for $82,000, the city eventually banned their use after a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation informed the public of their existence. The drones were then given to Los Angeles.
Purchasing equipment intended for military use is becoming more common among American local police forces. Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, otherwise known as MRAPs, are increasingly handed out by the Pentagon to localities across the country.
LAPD considers deploying unmanned drones for ‘tactical events’
Late last month, the LAPD received two Draganflyer X6 unmanned drones as a ‘gift’ from the Seattle Police Department, in what seems to have been an effort by the latter to avoid public uproar.
At a news conference Thursday at LAPD headquarters, Chief Charlie Beck revealed the unmanned drones could assist police forces in “standoffs, perimeters, suspects hiding…and other tactical events.”
“We’re interested in those applications,” he said.
Beck responded to criticism of the plans by human rights and privacy groups by explaining that the technology is already “in the hands of private citizens” and corporations, so why shouldn’t law enforcement experiment with the devices as well?
Sounds like it’s only a matter of time before they get one of these Bad Boys to start hunting down “criminals” and “Domestic Terrorists”
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