Drone Surveillance

One California man learned not to bring a slingshot to a drone fight.  With police.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

After a California man fired a gun in his home, police tried to get him to come outside, which he refused to do, so they flew a drone over his property to conduct surveillance.  Well, that brought him out of the house with a slingshot to try to bring down the drone.  Didn’t work.  Unless he was trying to get arrested, in which case it worked perfectly.

Law enforcement authorities across the country use drones for surveillance.  Some people question whether police need a warrant to do so.  So far, there is no federal rule on the issue, but there are currently a patchwork of inconsistent local laws and judicial decisions on whether the police need to get a warrant before using them to surveil private property.  Only a handful of states specifically require a warrant.  As for the California man, firing a gun would qualify as probable cause to get a warrant.  Maybe next time he shouldn’t use a gun in the house or a slingshot outside.

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