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The LAPD Wants Robot Dogs. How Did We Get Here?

• By Matyos Kidane

Matyos Kidane and Shakeer Rahman are organizers with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a community group working to abolish police surveillance in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has been pushing a plan to unleash dog-like military robots in our communities, and it's highlighting the power of well-funded police lobbyists to purchase influence in local governments. 

This week, members of Los Angeles City Council's Public Safety Committee voted in favor of LAPD's acquisition of military robots, ignoring loud and unified community opposition. The results of the committee's vote were not surprising — four of its five members are top recipients of campaign donations from political groups representing LAPD officers,  demonstrating how much power and influence the LAPD's private lobbying bodies have come to wield over city politics.