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Today's LAPD 'eyes in the sky' are helicopters; will tomorrow's be drones?

Today's LAPD 'eyes in the sky' are helicopters; will tomorrow's be drones?

In the 2002 movie "Minority Report," the police know ahead of time who will commit a crime, so they arrest criminals before they act. Aside from prompting interesting philosophical debates over free will and predestination, it's a natural question for law enforcement: Rather than apprehending suspects after they do something wrong, can we stop the crime from happening in the first place? Maybe so. "Now the LAPD is pioneering the use of helicopters to stop crimes before they start," report Kate Mather and Richard Winton of The Times. "Tapping into the data-driven policing trend, the department uses heat maps, technology and years of statistics to identify...

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