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Why some say Las Vegas mass shooting proves LA law enforcement should use drones

By in Press Enterprise on October 3, 2017

By Brenda Gazzar, Susan Abram

As law enforcement continue to gather evidence in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, a terrorism expert said Monday the use of drones could assist local police in gathering real-time information if a similar shooting were to occur in Los Angeles.

“Think about how useful a drone might have been if we have situations like this (Las Vegas shooting) now for large events,” said Brian Levin, director of The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. “You have a guy on the 32nd floor (of a hotel), a drone could have provided real-time intelligence and surveillance to what’s going on.”

His statement comes less than a week after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission called for an end to the agency’s use of a drone during law enforcement operations.

  • People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard on Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

  • People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

    People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. […]    

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