Hialeah Police Order Two Robocops

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Hialeah police will acquire high-tech robots used in the military to reinforce their SWAT team in risky situations, authorities said.

The purchase includes an Avatar II tactical robot that moves by remote control and performs audio and video surveillance functions, very similar to the automatic mini-tank that Miami-Dade County police used in July to obtain intelligence information during the Hialeah shooting in which a gunman killed six of his neighbors.

The Throwbot XT, which resembles a small dumbbell and weighs little more than one pound, can be hurled like a hand grenade. When it lands, it can move by remote control and transmit audio and video by infrared cameras.

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