The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLU) has obtained and shared a document detailing how Massachusetts police tested the method sedating the Boston-powered Spot machine dog,media CNET reported. The state’s ACLU branch contacted the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) to obtain records of the robot’s acquisition and use.
The MSP Museum and Learning Center is scheduled to hold a Facebook event on July 30 called “Robot Use in Law Enforcement.” The ACLU received seven documents in return for e-mails, scans of financial records, “MSP Reasons for Protection Recommendations” and scans of memorandums of agreement between the fire department and the MSP bomb disposal team.
Documents reported earlier by WBUR News show that from August to November, the state’s bomb disposal team had leased Spot Dogs from Boston Dynamics.
THE MSP DID NOT IMMEDIATELY RESPOND TO A REQUEST FOR COMMENT, BUT SPOKE TO WBUR. “Robotics is an important tool for law enforcement because it provides situational awareness of potentially dangerous environments,” MSP spokesman David Procopio told WBUR. “
In addition, Michael Perry, vice president of business development at Boston Dynamics, told WBUR that he did not want to weaponize Spot. “At the moment, our main interest is to send robots to the environment you want to gather information: in this environment, sending people is too dangerous, but it doesn’t actually interact with space,” Perry told WBUR. “