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Sheriff secretly buys $97,000 worth of drones against public wishes

Sheriff secretly buys $97,000 worth of drones against public wishes
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I really gotta hand it to kids, when they really want something they will stop at nothing to get it. That can mean playing mom against dad, or just flat out ignoring what their parents said.

I can understand a 5-year-old snatching cookies from the cookie jar after they were told no cookies. What I can't understand is how a civil servant, a sheriff, who is employed by the public, can just blatantly ignore the public's wishes and do whatever he wants.

The case in point is that after a large meeting in 2013 where the public was staunchly opposed to the sheriff's department acquiring drones in Alameda County, California, Sheriff Ahern decided to buy drones anyway.

And he used - "stole" is a better word, since it's taxpayer funds - $97,000 to buy the drones anyways. That huge chunk of money that could go to plenty of other much-needed services that purchased only two drones.

But this isn't even the most shocking thing about the sheriff getting the drone.

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