The Cleveland Police Have a Bomb Robot, Too
Controversy raged after the Dallas police chief's decision to use a Remotec Andros Mark V-A1, a remote-control robot, to detonate a bomb and kill suspected shooter Micah Xavier Johnson.
While "robots have been part of police tactical equipment for years — used to surveil crime scenes, aide in hostage negotiations or defuse bombs... this was a 'unique use of equipment,' according to Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest U.S. law enforcement union," NPR reported.
Like Dallas, the Cleveland Police now has a bomb robot - actually, two - including one made by students from a nationally renowned robotics team with input from members of the Cleveland Police Department's bomb squad.
The Republican National Convention in Cleveland expects to bring over 50,000 people to the city. In preparation for the event, the Cleveland police recieved $50 million from the federal government, for new toys.