Police Use Drones To Spy On Suspicious People At “Potential Crime Scenes”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

APR 16 2019

For years, law enforcement has been claiming that drones will only be used for natural disasters, crime scene investigations, car accidents and rescue operations.

That is the bill of goods, being sold to the public but it is all a lie.

A perfect example of how law enforcement promises the public one thing and after time passes, uses it for something else is taking place in Texas at the Memorial Villages Police Department (MVPD).

Two years ago, Click2Houston reported how the MVPD claimed that they would only use drones for “better emergency response during disasters.” They also used police officer and UAV pilot, Larry Boggus to solidify their claim that drones would only be used for natural disasters saying, “drones are a huge asset for us because very quickly we were able to see the amount of houses that were damaged” during a 2018 storm.

I love it when police department’s provide comic relief to prove my point.

It only took one year for the MVPD to prove that their “Boggus” claim that drones would only be used during emergencies was a lie. (Pun intended.)

Last week, Click2Houston revealed that the MVPD is using drones to respond to home alarms and to identify suspicious people.

“Mark Kobelan, the mayor of Piney Point Village, recently had to call police for a possible suspicious person. Within seconds, a drone was overhead.”

When police use drones to respond to home alarms, don’t think for one second that they will only use them to fly over that particular home. When police respond to a possible break-in using a patrol car, they will typically drive around the neighborhood looking for suspicious people and possible signs of forced entry.

So what do you think police will use drone for?

All across the country their are numerous examples of police using drones to spy on crowds but a Harvard Law School article titled “Drones as Crime-Fighting Tools in 2020: Legal and Normative Considerations” warned that the Boston Police Department’s plan to use “observation warrants” to justify spying on the public is a harbinger of what is to come.

“As drones become ubiquitous, people’s expectations about potential drone surveillance will shift, and their Fourth Amendment protections from drones might, too: the contours of what is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment may adjust as people’s expectations of privacy evolve.”

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