made by a civilian survivor of American strategic bombing of a German city during WWII. He asked "How do you surrender to a bomber plane?"
Police are not mobile executioners. They don't go around with a license to kill on a judge's orders. Police can only kill, supposedly, in self-defense. They have to believe there is a threat to themselves while they attempt to make an arrest.
Is a drone permitted to fire in self-defense? Is it's survival more important than the right to due process of law? Does a LEO have who is in a safe location have the authority to kill a "suspect" using lethal force from a robot? I can see if there is a hostage situation, maybe.
I regard the flying taser and the sniper drones to be fantasies at this point. Even if they existed, their practical application, even in hypothetical situations, is pretty dubious.
We all know what local governments are going to use drones for. It is going to be for issuing citations and collecting revenue. In rural areas the counties are going to fly over property looking for unregistered improvements to tax. They are going to make sure a tree is not cut down without their permission.
And they will ultimately be used to kill troublemakers without having to put a LEO on paid leave. They will be abused and the police will review the abuse and state it was all within department policy.
You can fantasize all you like about fairy drones with court issued warrants spreading pixie dust to put convenience store robbers to sleep, but that is not what is going to happen when local law enforcement starts using drones.
[F]orce can only settle questions of power, not of right. - Clyde N. Wilson