New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Mihir Zaveri

New York Times N.Y.P.D. Robot Dog’s Run Is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash by Mihir Zaveri

N.Y.P.D. Robot Dog’s Run Is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

Mr. Kallos, a Democrat who represents the Upper East Side, took a different position, saying the device’s presence in New York underscored what he called the “militarization of the police.” He said the robotic dogs resembled those featured in the 2017 “Metalhead” episode of the television show “Black Mirror.”

“At a time where we should be having more beat cops on the street, building relationships with residents, they’re actually headed in another direction in trying to replace them with robots,” he said.