When the film “RoboCop” was released in 1987, the possibility of this technology becoming a reality in the future was enticing. The idea that robots could become part of the police force and deter crime had many eager to see it in action. So much so that one city decided to actually implement RoboCop into their police force over the summer.
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On June 18, in Huntington Park, California, the city announced that this would be the first day RoboCop would be patrolling the streets and stopping crime.
— KTLA (@KTLA) June 18, 2019
From all accounts, he hasn’t done much, but let’s give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it simply hasn’t had the opportunity to issue justice. According to NBC News, RoboCop finally had his time to shine when a fight broke out at a park in downtown L.A.
As if the stars aligned, Robocop could finally do what he was put on this planet to do — fight crime. Cogo Guebara, a witness to the fight, ran over to RoboCop for help.
She pushed the emergency button several times, but instead of the police roaring down the road, RoboCop reportedly told the concerned citizen to get out of its way.
“I was pushing the button but it said, ‘step out of the way,’” Guebara told the news outlet. “It just kept ringing and ringing, and I kept pushing and pushing.”
Rudy Espericuta, another witness to the fight, decided to call law enforcement the old fashion way by picking up a phone and dialing 911. While police arrived at the scene, RoboCop continued down its predetermined route and told people to “keep the park clean.”
Ironically, RoboCop is not connected to the local police. According to IFL Science, the calls from RoboCop go to the creators of the device. Who knows, maybe the creators stepped away for a bathroom break?
But RoboCop continues down his predetermined path in life. Perhaps the criminals simply caught him on a bad day. Maybe tomorrow RoboCop, maybe tomorrow.