Not Everyone Loves Drones
A Connecticut quadcopter pilot assaulted by an unhappy woman had a surprise for his assailant: iPhone video footage. The man was legally flying a video-enabled drone on a public beach when the woman, 23-year-old Andrea Mears attacked him, knocking him to the ground and tearing his shirt.
Mears called him a “pervert” after placing multiple calls to the 911 emergency line to report him for “taking pictures of people with a helicopter plane,” and “trying to upload them.” When police arrived after the pilot phoned them to report the assault, the woman claimed he had been taking inappropriate pictures of people sunbathing on the beach.
Fortunately, his phone cam was recording during the altercation and what police saw on the recording convinced them that the woman, not the drone pilot, should be arrested.
Check out the video below, as it appears on LiveLeaks. The clip was originally on YouTube, but it has now been deleted by the service, which also suspended the pilot’s account “as a violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully, or threaten.”
The pilot posted a description of what he had done and the aftermath of the situation over on the RCgroups.com forum:
At the end of it all, one of the officers said to me basically, “Flying that thing the way you were is fine, you’re not in any trouble. You can come back and fly, but just be aware that some people can be alarmed.”
Source: Ars Technica