Well that doesnt sound very constitutional. Unless it’s for the safety of the helicopters, why prevent local media reporting on the event?
Good question, but it’s pretty common practice. In busy areas like here in Tampa they have some concern about the clutter of aircraft, three or four from the news and a police helicopter or two can make for some pretty hairy flying. They also have concerns about news reports being seen by those on the ground who are the object of the cops’ efforts. That’s been a problem a couple of times that I know of personally. Someone hold up with access to a TV can make a better escape plan if they know where the various LE units are. That’s a pretty slim reason, but it can have some validity.
They are really pretty reasonable about it unless the scene is in or near pattern traffic for an airport, or in or under the approach for runways.
Thank you for explaining that. I can see now why they wouldn’t want tv coverage ~ perfectly understandable.