DAKOTA COURT APPROVES
USE OF DRONES
a North Dakota
court has approved the use of drones to help arrest citizens on US soil.
UAVs have primarily been used to conduct strikes against purported
militants in countries like Pakistan, but their use at home has been on
the rise as of late.
Joel Medd denied a request to dismiss charges against Rodney Brossart,
who was arrested after law enforcement resorted to using a Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to inspect his property, according to court
documents obtained by US News.
wrote that there was no improper use of an unmanned aerial vehicle
and that the UAV appears to have had no bearing on these charges
Brossart was arrested after a long standoff with police, prompted by his
refusal to return a herd of cows that had meandered onto his farm in the
town of Lakota. During the standoff, Brossart was tased by police after
allegedly threatening to kill an officer entering his property. At one
point, the Department of Homeland Security offered the local SWAT team
one of its Predator drones.
documents show that the drone was used for surveillance
while local SWAT team chief Bill Macki said the UAV inspected Brossarts
property to make sure that neither he, nor his family members, were
armed or left the farm during the arrest.
eventually arrested and charged with terrorizing and stealing property,
as well as criminal mischief. His family members were also charged.
Brossarts lawyer, said guerilla-like police tactics
were used against his client. He stressed that authorities had no legal
right to use the drone to help capture Brossart, as the plane had been dispatched
without judicial approval or a warrant. But he also noted that the
entire case reeked of constitutional violations.
thing is full of constitutional violations,
Quick told US News. The drone use is a secondary concern.
He also said
the use of a taser against his client was torturous
and likened it to water-boarding.
prosecution, however, argued that the drone was used only after arrest
warrants had been issued, and that they were not used to gather
evidence, but only to ensure the safety of the SWAT team that was about
to raid the farm.
surveillance aircraft were not in use prior to or at the time Rodney
Brossart is alleged to have committed the crimes with which he is
State prosecutor Douglas Manbeck wrote.
Maintaining an individual's
privacy and protecting the civil liberties of all persons is of
paramount importance to HSE!
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