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Mom finds police drone spying on her children

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posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 08:56 AM
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Hurst, TX — For decades, in dystopian fictions, readers and watchers alike are very familiar with the idea of state-run drones spying on the entrapped population. Luckily, however, the scenes of drones chasing down or spying on those who dare dissent against authority have been restricted to fantasy — until now.

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At this point, it’s not hard to acquire a drone mounted camera, especially if you skimp on the resolution and extra features. As the semi-professional models continue to drop in price, there are going to be more and more stories like this in the media. This story, however, is a bit strange.


When Texas resident Bobbie Sanchez walked out in her backyard last week, the last thing she thought she’d see was a drone — hovering — watching her kids.

“Mommy there’s a drone over our roof,” said her children.

According to Sanchez, the drone hovered there long enough for her to take multiple photos and to call the police for help.

Surprisingly, after calling the police to inform them that she and her children were being watched, the Hurst police department said the drone was theirs. No crime was committed, no suspect was in progress. Just an unwarranted breach of privacy.


According to NBC DFW, Hurst police and fire started using drones earlier this year. They said the day they were over Sanchez’s yard was a training exercise.
Training, in the land of the free, now involves police officers stripping citizens of their privacy and creepily watching their kids.
Dystopian, indeed.

After the police were caught, they now “promise” that they will tighten down on when and where the drones will be deployed. “We will not be doing any type of training exercises over houses and things like that,” said Hurst Police Assistant Chief Steve Niekamp.


According to Niekamp, the department’s drones will now only launch of crime scenes, accident scenes, to find a suspect, an active shooter, or a missing person. The fire department may also use them to strategize on fighting fires.

“We’re working for our citizens, if they have concerns then we definitely need to address it,” said Niekamp in an obvious understatement.

Sanchez stated,


“I am not a person who will give up privacy for safety.”

She makes a lot of sense. I want her as my neighbor.




posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 08:59 AM
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It wan't spying on your children ma'am, it was 'protecting' them. Grow up.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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First off.

There is no privacy in public.

en.wikipedia.org...

If you are outside in plain view. Even if it's behind a fence. You do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Now if the cops were looking inside your house with your blinds closed.

That's a completely different story.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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a reply to: eisegesis
This is not good! I can watch myself thank you very much!



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:10 AM
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FFS - not this crap again

if you can be seen from outside the perimeter of your property - you have no " right " to privacy " end off .

i have to wonder how people this paranoid manage to go out in public with " everyone watching them "



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:11 AM
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a reply to: eisegesis

The best way to get back to the police and the unwarranted spying on peoples privacy is launching a law sue against the Police department.

And to get as many people in the law sue as possible.

Drones will become like everything that can be used for abuse, anybody can tap on them and do whatever they want as long as they are within "authorities".

The hell with the peeping toms.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:16 AM
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Better than my response.

First I would have shot down the drone, and then I would have called and reported it to the police.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:23 AM
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I just emailed the city of Hurst. www.hursttx.gov... Contact info is all there. We shouldn't tolerate this... ps, i live i philly

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posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:39 AM
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First I would have shot down the drone...


I wonder if someday that is going to be considered assault on a police officer.


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posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:40 AM
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originally posted by: ignorant_ape
FFS - not this crap again
if you can be seen from outside the perimeter of your property - you have no " right " to privacy " end off .
i have to wonder how people this paranoid manage to go out in public with " everyone watching them "


There is a little more going on here than an outdated law. With the age of the drones having arrived, laws need to evolve, somewhat like your perception, huh?

And that they stated they were training and not recording sits ok with you?

You've been ignorant since 2004, time to Boss up champ...




posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:50 AM
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People from that neighbourhood should give tit for tat now.
They should buy some drones and spy on that police department, 24/7.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:55 AM
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a reply to: Antipathy17

Again. There is no privacy in public.

Perfectly legal.

Unless you have airspace rights to your property.

Anyone can come along on a ladder, multi story building or drone and look at you.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:56 AM
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a reply to: BestinShow

Negative.

The law is already there and covers this sort of thing.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 09:57 AM
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how does she know the drone camera was looking at her children? it could have been following and watching a criminal suspect or one of her neighbors. if you don`t want people looking at you then don`t go outside.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:04 AM
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I can understand some sick pervert individual doing this, but leos... oh wait...



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:11 AM
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Sorry, double post.

edit on 5-4-2017 by WilliamtheResolute because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:11 AM
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originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: Antipathy17

Again. There is no privacy in public.

Perfectly legal.

Unless you have airspace rights to your property.

Anyone can come along on a ladder, multi story building or drone and look at you.


I think the issue is with the drone being "over" the homeowners property and under 500 feet. Air rights are generally considered to exist to 500 feet over the owners property with some exceptions.

The FAA is currently looking at the definition of air rights because they assume they have the right to regulate, it is only a matter of time before Amazon and a dozen other companies have a law they want on the books giving them access to all property to ground level....how else will they deliver your neighbors 6-pack at 3:00 a.m.

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posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:11 AM
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Maybe we should get some vigilante drone drivers out there to build racing drones to skewer the cop drones.

I think I'll build one now.

...Been wanting to anyway...

Fun.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:13 AM
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originally posted by: ignorant_ape
FFS - not this crap again

if you can be seen from outside the perimeter of your property - you have no " right " to privacy " end off .

i have to wonder how people this paranoid manage to go out in public with " everyone watching them "
The article said the drone was hovering over her roof so, so we'll within the perimeter of her property. Also I think there is a site where you can register your property as a no fly zone for drones I will dig it up later as I am at work for a few more hours.



posted on Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:15 AM
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a reply to: MyHappyDogShiner
Heck yeah, drone wars! Some of these drones will really move!




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