Man flips drone fear on its head, uses technology to monitor L.A. cops

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A California man decided to turn the fear that drones will be abused by law enforcement officials on its head by using the technology to monitor police behavior.

“I don’t think it’s a substitute for a hand-held camera, but it’s definitely a complement,” Daniel Saulmon of Torrance told the Los Angeles Times.


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Mr. Saulmon said he has been filming police behavior with the technology for a month, typically monitoring DUI checkpoints to make sure police aren’t abusing their power. He added that he is careful not to run afoul of any laws while filming.

“I have to use common sense with it,” Saulmon said. “It’s easy to fly. I would have to really go out of my way to be reckless and cause a problem with it.”

Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department told the paper that the emergence of drones used by civilians is an “eye-opener” that law enforcement would “need to pay attention to.”

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