Hot tipper Cody points our attention to MuckRock: "The Seattle Police Department plans to expand its drone program over the next year with the purchase of two additional units, documents released to MuckRock indicate." The SPD also rescinded its restrictions on drone use in August directive, the post says.
When the program's existence came to light last spring—surprising of the Seattle City Council—it raised questions about drones being used to spy on civilians.
So what gives? Is the MuckRock post, which details several communications involving the SPD, correct? Sergeant Sean Whitcomb said this afternoon, "We have no plans to purchase any other drones at this time."