Law enforcers in Fargo area say they're open to using drones

Authorities in the Fargo-Moorhead area say they haven't yet used the unmanned surveillance aircraft to go after wanted criminals, but they also say they're not opposed to the idea. The state's lawmakers say they also would support using drones in some circumstances. Some civil rights advocates, worried about personal privacy, are pushing for strict rules governing the use of drones.
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Authorities in the Fargo-Moorhead area say they haven't yet used the unmanned surveillance aircraft to go after wanted criminals, but they also say they're not opposed to the idea. The state's lawmakers say they also would support using drones in some circumstances. Some civil rights advocates, worried about personal privacy, are pushing for strict rules governing the use of drones.

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