SEATTLE — Ahead of a Wednesday afternoon meeting about the police use of drones in Seattle, business owners in the Rainier Valley shared their strong opinions about the controversial topic.
Exequiel Soltero owns Mayas Mexican Restaurant and he said he has seen a lot of criminal activity in the neighborhood. Last Friday, a man was injured in a shooting down the street from his business.
When Soltero heard about Seattle Police possibly adding flying cameras, better known as drones, he called it a new tool that could help protect the public.
“I think that will be a good way to keep people safe,” said Soltero.
Just across the street, another business owner, Rafeeq Sadeeq had a different point of view. He does rely on surveillance cameras for safey at his hair boutique but he said police go too far, having an eye in the sky.
“Why would you spend more tax dollars on more machinery and technology that really does nothing but invade your privacy,” said Sadeeq.
Seattle police made public a proposal Tuesday for drone use.