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Police In The United States Can Now Use Robot Dogs To Attack Black Civilians

The first and only time United States police officers bombed civilians from the air was in 1985. Those citizens were Black members of the MOVE Movement.

The first and only time United States police officers used a robot to kill a suspect was in 2016. The suspect was a Black man - Michah Johnson.

Technology has been used by systems of white supremacy to slaughter Black civilians throughout American history.

And now, United States police officers have a new weapon in their arsenal - a Boston Robotics dog named 'Spot'

The Massachusetts State Police have been quietly testing a highly-advanced robot dog alongside officers in real life situations.

According to WBUR"Massachusetts State Police is the first law enforcement agency in the country to use Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot, called Spot. While the use of robotic technology is not new for state police, the temporary acquisition of Spot — a customizable robot some have called “terrifying” — is raising questions from civil rights advocates about how much oversight there should be over police robotics programs."

In her paper titled K-9 Catch-22: The Impossible Dilemma of Using Police Dogs on Apprehension of Suspects, author Ann L. Schiavone writes:

While the attack from a police dog will have a strong psychological effect on any person, African Americans may be at an even greater disadvantage when faced with police dogs because of the extensive history of use of dogs against racial minorities. The picture of white men in positions of power using dogs against African Americans is a powerful and oft-repeated image in American history and culture that resonates today and impacts the way we must view the use of police dogs, at least in certain contexts.

In early American history, before the advent of police dogs, or even modern policing, slaveholders employed dogs frequently in regular patrols and to hunt escaped slaves. Abolitionists like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe commonly invoked the image of the savage slave-hunting dogs to convince the public of the evils of slavery. These images were not merely fiction or propaganda; they were rooted in the experiences of those held in bondage.

Slave catchers often used tracking dogs to sniff out their targets; these were called "negro dogs," and, though they could be of multiple breeds, they were typically bloodhounds. Bloodhounds were first imported not just for their tracking skills, but for their strength in apprehending the slaves.

The Pan African Forum
The Hunted Slaves by Artist Richard Ansdell

Former slaves claimed masters, patrollers, and hired slave catchers would use “savage dogs” trained to hunt and follow the scent of fugitive slaves.

During the 1980s, some Los Angeles police officers would allegedly refer to Black youths as “dog biscuits”.

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Living dogs were - and are - bad enough. Now we are giving them robots. Boston Dynamics and the police force claims the dog will not be weaponized. But there is nothing stopping them from doing so.

And its not just African-Americans who should be concerned. One of the scariest things about Black Mirror - a Netflix science fiction series - is how prophetic the show is proving to be.

If this is a sign of things to come, we should all be terrified.

That video is pretty wild. It's unbelievable what creativity is used for. Yet, understandable in the context of a system that can't survive without a systematic approach to maintaining the status quo.