In the last two years, two New York City police commissioners have frankly discussed the department’s research into unmanned vehicles, confirming that the NYPD is indeed interested in the use of drones in law enforcement.

But the department’s transparency office has determined, i​n response to three separate MuckRock requests, that any documentation regarding the NYPD’s drone research does not exist or is otherwise beyond reach.

So we’re suing.

On November 19th, legal counsel representing ​Mu​ckRock filed a petition (embedded below) to force the NYPD to release documents related to its drone research and other activities, as outlined in New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

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