How I Almost Got Arrested Flying My Drone Commercially

Hey Dronrs!

Yea, it happened…and I think you should know about it. I tangled with the police and am here to tell the tale. As I’ve mentioned plenty of times, its IMPORTANT to know the laws and regulations before you put a drone in the air. This is a great example of me doing my homework and STILL having issues. Check it out and let me know what you think! (Yes, this is a re-post of an earlier video that I feel didnt get the justice it deserved….see what I did there?)

20 Comments

  1. Ahmed Yasser on August 22, 2020 at 9:42 am

    That is one hell of a story

  2. Patrick Clemens on August 22, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Charleston..?

  3. Independent Mind on August 22, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Pain in the “glutei” not “glutenous”…. but got the point

  4. ThinkerOnTheBus on August 22, 2020 at 9:45 am

    The Law Enforcers, who were once labeled Peace Officers, are the biggest violators of the law. They ignorantly believe they are above the law, and although there are a few instances in which they have the right to behave in a manner which would not be legal for a regular citizen, they often perform their "duties" and interact with the public in an illegal manner where they frequently break the laws which they are not above and in so doing, they violate people’s rights. Most of the time they get away with it simply because not many people realize that Law Enforcers broke the law during their interaction with them, and further, people don’t know that their rights were violated by the Law Enforcers. Then, of the few people who are well aware that Law Enforcers acted illegally and violated their rights during an interaction with them, not all of them have the desire to fight the police in court for a multitude of reasons, it could be a lack of finances to afford fighting the injustices suffered, it could be living somewhere where they definitely know the whole system is corrupt and that there is almost no way that any of the judges would rule in their favor, it could simply be from intimidation causing too much fear for them to pursue any legal action, or perhaps they can not find a decent lawyer willing to represent them in a lawsuit against the police, or maybe a simply lack of evidence to prove their case, or a number of other reasons. Regardless, no matter the reasons or the scenario, police will often use intimidation and lies to get what they want from you, or they will simply arrest you for whatever they claim, and then you’ll be lucky if they don’t throw you to the ground in an attempt to physically hurt you, and claim their action was necessary because you were resisting arrest, and if they happen to get a little scratch or bruise in the process, they will further claim that you physically assaulted them! It’s absolutely ludicrous what they believe they can do, but even more so that they rarely get punished for performing their duties illegally. Just two things to note here. Police can legally lie to you at any time (that whole myth about undercover agents being required by law to answer affirmatively if ever asked if they are a cop is just that: a myth). They can legally lie about anything, about what is legal or illegal, about what will happen to you if you do this or don’t do that or don’t allow them to search your vehicle, or what the punishment may be for committing a crime, and on and on. Therefore, always assume the cop is lying to you. Second, and this important no matter what your situation nor how innocent you may be, never, never, never talk to the police!!! For clarification, you can watch the following video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-7o9xYp7eE
    It may be 46 minutes long, but you really only need to watch the first 25 minutes, in which a Law Professor explains why nobody should ever talk to the police. The second half is a police officer who just pretty much confirms everything the Law Professor claims.

  5. ‏‏‎ on August 22, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Inhibiting safety operation of an aircraft, if only the cop could be slapped by the faa.

  6. Logan Costantine on August 22, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Why are cops so overflowing with testosterone? "You don’t tell me what to do" so aggressive right away for no reason, that will 9 times out of 10 make the person you’re approaching respond aggressively. Smh

  7. Keaton Smith on August 22, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Been enjoying your videos! But, it feels like some potential misinformation is being presented:

    A. “Don’t do that guys. Don’t fly on Federal property…ever.” It’s super important that if you are going to provide information, it’s accurate. It is NOT true that you cannot or should not fly on federal property. Some? Yes. Just be more specific. National Forests are “federal property” and you can absolutely fly in them.

    B. Municipalities and Cities can ONLY create ordinances where a pilot launches, lands, or operates from related to the ground. Municipalities DO NOT control the airspace. That needs to be specifically mentioned. It’s just not true that municipalities or cities can prevent flying over anything, only FAA dictates that.

    C. If you were parked right off the roadway, you should be on a public easement. You don’t need papers or permission to photograph public spaces from the air.

    Can you clarify what your specific scenarios were?

  8. Lou Cipriano on August 22, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Is there an app that would have told you that you were in federal property??

  9. Independent Drone Channel on August 22, 2020 at 9:55 am

    🙂

  10. Eugene S on August 22, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Haven’t I heard this story before…?

  11. JustusLM on August 22, 2020 at 10:00 am

    It just baffles my mind how someone could be this stupid. The conflict about legal questions and confusion is one thing, but if there’s a drone in the air, if you can’t wait for it to get to the ground as the pilot is already landing, you’re just an idiot.
    What did he expect? Even if the drone wasn’t on cricitally low battery yet, it would eventually get there, and the noise, while it’s not necessarily an issue, certainly isn’t helping.

  12. Lane Veillon on August 22, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Major Learning Experience!

    Very unprofessional way to conduct a flight!

    Inappropriate attire in regards to the hoodie because it obscures your view of the UAV especially your peripheral vision to observe wildlife and other aircraft.

    Zero signage notifying anyone that a UAV flight was in progress and to not approach and display of approval to fly in the area.

    Inappropriate amount of crew resources and very poor Crew Resource Management.

    In-flight emergency was poorly handled and you put the entire crew at risk as well as the LEO. When you need to land due to this type of failure the only place is straight down unless it’s occupied. Would it have possibly cost you a UAV, possible, but that’s what your General Liability/Hull Insurance will cover.

    I don’t think I would have even posted this, but I’m pretty sure why. it appears that you want to exploit the ignorance of the LEO. I would strongly consider deleting this video because of what the FAA is currently gathering as examples to support their Piss-Poor Remote-ID laws. Unfortunately you give them a perfect reason for it..!

  13. Paul Wilkinson on August 22, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Wow… sorry to hear that happened. I agree that having papers on you all the time is absolutely the best thing to do. But, I am curious why you weren’t using an app like Airmap or Kittyhawk to warn you about the area. But regardless, glad you proved to the officer your case and he helped out in the end.

  14. Commsprepper on August 22, 2020 at 10:13 am

    What about interference with a flight crew? Why do those rules not apply to sUAS operations?

  15. Drone Maverick on August 22, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Goood to know!

  16. Richard The Lion Hearted on August 22, 2020 at 10:20 am

    My more cynical view. 2 Black men in hoods. To policeman perspective , case closed. Sad, but true.👊

  17. Jose Ottenwalder on August 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

    So, pretty much what you need to have is your Remote pilot part 107 certificate, insurance of the drone and what else you said?

  18. Chris Mawson on August 22, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I think it’s worth mentioning that many states have standing laws preventing any municipality or county from regulating the use and operation of unmanned aircraft.

  19. Digital Ninja® on August 22, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Damn. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Bryan Jansen on August 22, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Title 14,Chapter I, Subchapter F, Part 91
    .11 "No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of the crewmember’s duties aboard an aircraft being operated." And under Part 107.3 the FAA defines drones as "unmanned aircraft"
    Additionally, under Title 18. CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Part I. CRIMES Chapter 2. AIRCRAFT AND MOTOR VEHICLES anyone who "willingly,..interferes by force or violence with the operation of such facility, if such… interfering is likely to endanger the safety of any such aircraft in flight; … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."
    Also, applies to "landing area"

    and we haven’t even gotten to the part about safety of human life..

    I would argue that officer had no authority to interfere with an active flight operation. He should have requested you land and then figure out what was happening. I would definitely speak to his commanding officer

    Here is links:
    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2011-title14-vol2/pdf/CFR-2011-title14-vol2-sec91-11.pdf
    https://avsport.org/UAS/ground/PART%20107.pdf
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/32

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