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Use Of Drone At Hartford Crash Scene
http://foxct.com/2014/02/07/faa-investigating-possible-illegal-use-of-drone-at-hartford-crash-scene/ ^ | 2-7-14 | Beau Berman

Posted on 02/07/2014 8:19:03 AM PST by Paul46360

"The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to FOX CT News Thursday they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday.

Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street.

FOX CT was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events.

According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car."

(Excerpt) Read more at foxct.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: car; crash; drone; faa; hartford

1 posted on 02/07/2014 8:19:04 AM PST by Paul46360
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To: Paul46360

Was the drone there before the accident and could a drone distract a driver and cause an accident?


2 posted on 02/07/2014 8:25:48 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Paul46360

Is this radically different than a news chopper?


3 posted on 02/07/2014 8:25:58 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Paul46360
It seems to me that the law needs refinement.

I can see a valid police concern that a drone and live broadcast could influence a live shooter situation. But what about a on-site reporter and live broadcast? Is that illegal?

Seems to me that the law shouldn't limit the drone. Journalistic access to a crime scene or active law enforcement actions shouldn't ever be prohibited. Live broadcasts of such actions sometimes should be.

4 posted on 02/07/2014 8:26:50 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Paul46360

Seems like the Paparazzi favoring laws will win out on this one....


5 posted on 02/07/2014 8:27:00 AM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: George from New England
How low can the Drone fly. What does the Drone look like? I googled but came across a few different types. I want to find one over PA so I can flip it off.
6 posted on 02/07/2014 8:32:44 AM PST by angcat
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To: Paul46360

I guess the government may look over my fence, but I cannot.

There are rules about using video of police and citizens, but as long as the user was not violating those, or local FAA restrictions, it should be fair game.


7 posted on 02/07/2014 8:33:10 AM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Paul46360

“...Do we allow more of an intrusion into more traditional private moments like a tragic car accident?...”

Well, I guess they better start arresting “rubber-neckers” at crash scenes.


8 posted on 02/07/2014 8:53:01 AM PST by moovova
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To: Paul46360

Who did the drone belong to?


9 posted on 02/07/2014 9:09:08 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
now THAT is a good question.
10 posted on 02/07/2014 9:11:47 AM PST by Paul46360
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To: ilovesarah2012

Not the government. Which is why the government got all upset.


11 posted on 02/07/2014 9:12:44 AM PST by DManA
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To: Paul46360

This is going to be interesting: Drones vs. News copters!


12 posted on 02/07/2014 9:23:45 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: null and void

Copters have a pilot on board. See my reply above.


13 posted on 02/07/2014 9:25:09 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Minutemen

All the more reason to ground the copters and replace them with drones. No one dies when they mid-air, and having a kilogram or so of minced drone fall on your house is much less of a problem that a fueled up helicopter...


14 posted on 02/07/2014 9:29:05 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

Drones have never crashed to the ground? Wait until the mid-air collisions start happening.
I say we take away big brothers new found toys.


15 posted on 02/07/2014 9:40:57 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Paul46360
Once we are sold on Drones for security, they will be armed and some twitchy gamer
dweeb will be at the controls. We are heading into dangerous territory.
16 posted on 02/07/2014 9:45:45 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: George from New England

Could a drone fly in front of a car causing an accident? Yes, to all those type questions. Any 12 year old could have one now days. We’ve already gone too far.


17 posted on 02/07/2014 10:10:17 AM PST by bgill
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To: Minutemen

Please re-read the second sentence in my post...


18 posted on 02/07/2014 10:19:57 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Paul46360

NRA sticker on the bumper?

accidentaly hellfire?


19 posted on 02/07/2014 11:33:50 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: null and void
No one dies when they mid-air, and having a kilogram or so of minced drone fall on your house is much less of a problem that a fueled up helicopter........

So are you saying these "drones" are only 1/32nd scale balsa wood model airplanes?
I have it that Homeland Security wants to loan LE's the military Predator.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/10/homeland-security-increasingly-loaning-drones-to-l/

20 posted on 02/07/2014 1:06:24 PM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: DannyTN

Frequently the police will set up areas near a major incident for press to report from, but not close enough to see bodies in a wrecked car, etc.


21 posted on 02/07/2014 1:59:01 PM PST by matt04
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To: moovova

” intrusion into more traditional private moments like a tragic car accident?...”
Hogwash, there’s nothing “private” on a public roadway. Private moment? Liberal “feelings” entering into the discussion. Insanity!


22 posted on 02/07/2014 2:42:26 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: matt04

I can understand having rules about reporting on dead bodies, especially before next of kin have been notified. But I think the press always having visual access to crime scenes is an important check on police abuse.


23 posted on 02/07/2014 2:47:47 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: matt04

I can understand having rules about reporting on dead bodies, especially before next of kin have been notified. But I think the press always having visual access to crime scenes is an important check on police abuse.


24 posted on 02/07/2014 2:47:48 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Minutemen
I'm saying a civilian, be it an individual or a news agency, is more apt to fly a lightweight few hundred dollar's worth of quadrocopter capable of carrying a small camera than a multimillion dollar Predator drone.

From the linked article it's clear this was not a large military drone.

Drones are much cheaper than news-choppers, carry no crew, have minimal fuel or only batteries aboard and are less of a threat to safety should they bump into each other. Perhaps some day, the FAA will even allow this use.

Although the cynic in me thinks no level of government will ever want civilians watching and documenting their actions...

25 posted on 02/07/2014 3:24:15 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: George from New England

“Was the drone there before the accident and could a drone distract a driver and cause an accident?”

There is no telling what a malicious psycho or fool could try to do with a drone...or anything else, for that matter.

Vigilance and enforcement of existing constitutional laws, not banning is the solution, IMO.


26 posted on 02/07/2014 3:38:43 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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