‘New York, NY — In a matter of weeks, Americans have watched a police state unfold in front of their eyes. The phrase “that could never happen here” has taken a back seat to “omg what will they do next.” Well, next up on the “holy sh*t we have reached 1984 status” list is the fact that residents in New York and California are now being monitored by drones — and officials are bragging about it.
On Thursday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea posted a video to Twitter of some of the aerial footage over multiple locations throughout the city of New York, including Carl Schurz Park, Inwood Hill Park and Juniper Valley Park.
Sadly enough, some folks took to the tweet thread to beg the commissioner to bring the drones to their neighborhood. “Come to Borough Park, my neighborhood. Not the case here!” one Twitter user wrote.
“Go to Grand concourse not the case there. Good job officers, keep on doing great things. Praying for all of you,” wrote another.
Others took to Twitter to call it what it is “Dystopian af.”
“Is this a scene from Terminator?” and “1984 wasn’t an instruction manual.”
Although the government-loving citizens asking for the drone to come in their neighborhood complained of people being outside, the commissioner himself essentially made his own case for the unnecessary nature of such Orwellian tactics. They couldn’t find anyone breaking the mandate.
“We’ve visited hundreds of restaurants, parks, & other spaces this week — by foot, by car, & by air. What we’ve seen so far…is nearly 💯% compliance,” Shea wrote.
For those who remember, back in 2018, when the NYPD first announced the department’s acquisition of this technology, officials claimed they would never be used for instances like this.
“They will not be used for routine police patrols, unlawful surveillance or to enforce traffic laws,” the officials said, according to the NY Times.’