Experts Debate Use of Drones in Michigan at Cooley Law School Symposium
July 19, 2013 - Cooley Law School hosted a panel of scholars for a discussion of the use of drones in the state of Michigan. The panel was moderated by Cooley professor and retired Brigadier General Michael McDaniel, who serves as the Director of Homeland Security Law Programs at Cooley.
The panel consisted of: Michigan State Rep. Tom McMillin of the 45th District, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) spokesperson Shelli Weisberg, Director of the Michigan Chief of Police Association Robert Stevenson, and Cooley Professor Charles Palmer.
Panelists discussed and debated the merits of HB 4455, a bill that would restrict the usage of drones by law enforcement personnel in the state of Michigan. This bill was introduced to the Michigan legislature on March 14, 2013 and has since been referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee.
Panelists debated such issues as warrant requirements, types of sensors used by the drones, feasibility of departments to afford the drones, and what kind of bearing the current case law and statutes have on drones.
"With the expected FAA regulations to permit the use of drones inside the U.S. by both public law enforcement and private corporations, there is a concern with the scope and authorities for their use, as well as the type and function of their use. At both the state and federal level, debate is needed to understand the benefits of this technology and any detriments to individual privacy. This Symposium at Cooley provided a great forum to begin this debate," McDaniel said.
Cooley students had an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists; By the end of the symposium, panelists agreed that the information discussed would help influence some change on the drafted legislation.
The event was sponsored by the Military Veterans Law Students Association and the Student ACLU.
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