The Draganflyer X6 is an electric powered Unmanned Aircraft System that weighs about 4.4 pounds. It can automatically take-off and is manually flown.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is ending the controversial unmanned aerial vehicle program — before the drones ever took official flight.

“Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department’s priority. The vehicles will be returned to the vendor,” McGinn said in a statement today.

The police department had said in an operations manual that the UAVs “can be utilized in circumstances which would save life and property, as well as being able to detect possible dangers that could not otherwise be seen.”

But members of the Seattle community were none too pleased with the concept, essentially hijacking a meeting last October in which protesters equated the police department’s plan to George Orwell’s “1984.”

Here’s more from that protest, with the action starting in minute 11.

(Previously on GeekWireDrones over Seattle? Police to discuss unmanned aerial vehicle plan with residents)

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  • facebook-37521058

    That video is hilarious… The police officer keeps trying to respond to the questions, but then the protesters just start yelling another question. I think I would have actually been interested in what they were saying if they could have had a sensible debate, but it was just a bunch of crazies yelling in my opinion.

  • Guest

    I hope Seattle tries again. The fear and ignorance that so many technophobic Seattleites have is destructive not only to their own health but to our culture of innovation. I can only hope that as more intelligent men immigrate to Seattle, we will be able to elect a government capable of thinking as adroitly as we do.

  • guest

    Looks like the tree hugger’s knees buckled.

    • guest

      I don’t advocate a fleet of drones but they could be extremely useful in a number of cases where surveillance is needed. Early eyes for first responders, for example.

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