From the New York Times:
‘Bomb Robot’ Takes Down Dallas Gunman, but Raises Enforcement Questions
By HENRY FOUNTAIN and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT JULY 8, 2016
The Dallas police ended a standoff with the gunman suspected of killing five officers with a tactic that by all accounts appears to be unprecedented: It blew him up using a robot.
In doing so, it sought to protect police who had negotiated with the man for several hours and had exchanged gunfire with him. But the decision ignited a debate about the increasing militarization of police and the remote-controlled use of force, and raised the specter of a new era of policing.
The only thing that could have excited more lengthy discussions on the Internet is if the Dallas police had run over the terrorist with a runaway trolley.
By the way, the use by bomb squads of radio controlled self-powered devices with mechanical arms is not a 21st Century invention.
When I was under suspicion of being an IRA terrorist attempting to blow up former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1999, the small town police chief said he was about to have his bomb robot throw the dense package addressed to me in the Chesapeake Bay, when he decided to give me a call and see if I could explain. After about 5 minutes, I managed to persuade him that the mysterious package was a new set of business cards I’d had a discount printer do up in a rush and Fed Ex to me care of the hotel holding the conference.