Not content with police body cams, Axon formerly known as Taser wants to equip police departments with Chinese-made surveillance drones.
Three weeks ago, Chinese drone manufacturer DJI reported that they are partnering with Axon.
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Axon the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, announced an exclusive partnership, to sell DJI drones directly to public safety and law enforcement agencies worldwide through the new Axon Air program.(Source)
How long will it take Axon and DJI to sell police bird drones that spy on citizens?
Why is Axon and DJI working together to provide law enforcement with surveillance drones you ask?
Surely, it is not to dominate the market and make huge profits that would be crazy.
Last month an article in Ars Techinca revealed that Axon recently acquired VieVu creating a near monopoly in police body cams. An article in The Verge describes Axon’s taser market dominance as “unmatched.”
The same is true for DJI who has a near monopoly in the drone market and has established itself as the market leader in drone sales. An article in Mavic Pilots asks, “Will DJI Spark be the Catalyst for Total Market Domination?”
Stocks soared after Axon and DJI announced their partnership.
So if their partnership is not about creating a police drone monopoly, then what is it for?
It is for “public safety” of course.
“As the requirements and demands of unmanned aircraft programs grow, Axon is partnering with agencies to build out solutions that meet the complexities and requirements of public safety,” says Axon’s EVP of Worldwide Products, Todd Basche.
And just in case you did not believe it the first time, DJI has it covered.
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DJI’s Managing Director of North America Michael Perry reiterates Axon’s statement saying, “DJI’s Axon Air partnership will strengthen and enhance law enforcement’s ability to protect public safety, respond to emergencies and save lives.”
Does saying it twice convince you that police drones will be used for public safety?
I mean what could go wrong?
Across the country, law enforcement is equipping drones with weapons like, Tasers, tear gas, sound cannons and much more.
Police want to weaponize drones
Drones equipped with machine guns
Police across the country used 9/11 as an excuse to put machine guns in helicopters, so what’s to stop them from doing the same thing with drones?
Weaponizing police drones is a mistake!
In 2016 a Taser employee showed police leaders how Axon can equip drones with tasers.
Tasers, have already killed more than 1,000 people since 2000. Can you imagine how much those numbers will increase when police start using weaponized drones?
Why would Axon partner with DJI, the company most often mentioned in press coverage on weaponized drones?
I wonder if police will stick tiny American flags on the sides of drones like countries did when they shot down an enemy plane or wear drone kill patches?