City Council to Vote on Anti-Drone Resolution Monday

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

February 4, 2013

The fear of big government and the invasion of privacy by drones brought one group to the Downtown Mall on Sunday to support Charlottesville City Council's proposed resolution banning drone use.

"Now is the time to speak up while the House of Delegates wants to hear from localities. Charlottesville should be first and should speak up now," said anti-war activist and Charlottesville resident David Swanson.

One family stopped to look at the model drone placed in front of City Hall and said it's really up to the cities and counties to come together
against drone technology before it escalates.

"I don't look at this as anti-terrorism, I look at this a way to spy on and patrol the citizens in this country. I mean, that scares me for my kids. I don't want them growing up in a 'big brother' world," said Liz Copeland, a Charlottesville mother of four children.

Right now, there are no drones used in the Commonwealth but some local law enforcement agencies have expressed interest in drone technology which is used in several other states.

"This is an issue that will effect every citizen in Charlottesville," said Shelly Stern, a Charlottesville resident. "To know that in the privacy of their own home, their rights are protected, that they're not going to be exposed to other kinds of commercial affairs when they're just sitting in their home or making choices that will be brought to the attention of local law enforcement."

A Virginia House of Delegates panel passed a bill that puts a two-year moratorium on drones and City Council's vote on Monday night will set a tone for how Charlottesville feels about drone technology being welcome in the city skies.

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