San Francisco's governing board has approved the use of explosive-equipped robots by the city's police.

This was reported by the Ukrainian BBC service.

San Francisco's governing board has authorized the city's police to use robots that can kill.

The document has an amendment that their use is possible only after actions with alternative de-escalation tactics and a limited number of high-ranking officers.

The San Francisco police told the BBC that they do not currently work with robots capable of killing.

However, law enforcement officials noted that there may be scenarios in the future when their capabilities will be used.

A police official said: "The robots could potentially be equipped with explosive charges to penetrate fortified structures housing aggressive, armed or dangerous individuals. They could be used to neutralize or disorient violent, armed or dangerous suspects who threaten human life."

It will be recalled that a giant walking


was created in Japan .

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