There was to be plenty of security in place: Uniformed and plain-clothed officers positioned on the ground and on rooftops, along with 1,200 cameras rolling on the crowds.
The pouring rain did keep the NYPD from deploying drones as they had planned to, but Police Commissioner James O’Neill said revelers shouldn’t be concerned.
It’s only a question of time, though, until the city routinely uses drones to surveill us all in the city. Are you prepared for that? Are you okay with that? If not, what are you doing about it?
An NYPD drone will be up as the ball drops.For the first time in the 111-year history of the celebratory New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square, the police will fly an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the crowd, which could reach 2 million revelers, the NYPD said Friday."It’s going to just give us an additional view of the crowd" for "an expansive view from up above, which will be helpful," said the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, John Miller.
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