A Quadcopter owner and pilot was threatened with confiscation of his quadcopter recently while preparing to do some aerial photography of a friend riding his bike. The situation occurred in a public park in Detroit, MI.
Officer’s approached the pilot, Jonathan Hair, as he was preparing to fly his quadcopter and begin filming his friend. Johnathan began filming the officers using his cell phone and was told that he was not allowed to fly his quadcopter here. Johnathan wasn’t aware of any current polices or regulations and questioned the officers about this and asked for proof, which they could not provide. Johnathan remained calm, cool and respectful during the entire encounter as did the officers involved.
The officers escalated the issue to their supervisors. While waiting for the supervisors, the officers tried to get Johnathan’s ID, find out where his car was parked, and even questioned whether he had paid to enter the park or not. Clearly the officers were fishing to find some other reason to arrest him or get him to leave.
Eventually, another officer, most likely a supervisor showed up and just flat out told Jonathan that there wasn’t a written policy or law, but it was a park policy that they were enforcing and that if he flew the quadcopter, it would be confiscated. Apparantly, the officers and park administration are just making up rules on the fly. The officer went so far as to make an analogy to the dog leash law, which is a written and publicly stated policy.
I guess if the officers decided they didn’t like the shirt you are wearing, they could just begin enforcing a policy against your shirt to get you to leave? America and our freedom’s at their finest folks. Thanks for filming this and posting it Jonathan.
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