PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Dom Giordano spoke with New Jersey Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, a Republican from the state’s 13th legislative district about Governor Chris Christie’s pocket veto of a bill that would regulate how law enforcement agencies operate drones.
In response to a question about why Governor Christie opposes forcing police to acquire a warrant to use drones for surveillance and other non-emergency situations, O’Scanlon said, “I haven’t pinned down exactly where the administrations problems are. We’re going to do that now, but ultimately we need to pass some restrictions on this.”
O’Scanlon went on to express his worry about drones, saying, “they could conceivably see us and know where we are every minute of every day.”
He did also concede there are times when law enforcement’s access to drones may offer some advantages, like, “in certain emergent situations it might help. If you had an aerial view of a mob scene for instance it may be a big help, or in instances where you have a missing child, sometimes it’s those first few minutes where if you had an aerial view of the area you thought the child might be in, all of the sudden there he is.”
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O’Scanlon said he’s already reached out to the Christie administration about re-visiting this bill and commended his staff for its willingness to work out their problems with the bill to find enough common ground to get something signed into law.