Morton County: Law Enforcement Shoot Down Hovering Drone During Protests

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Sunday morning police shot down a protester’s drone after they say it hovered over an aircraft being used to survey protests along Highway 1806.

Law enforcement say early Sunday the drone was flown near the helicopter manned by officers and around 11:00 a.m. it was directly flown above officers on the ground.

Police shot the drone with what they say was ‘less-than-lethal” ammunition. They say the operator was not following FAA drone guideline laws. The drone was damaged and landed by the operator.

FAA guidelines for drones require operators to yield right of way to other aircraft and fly up to 400 feet above the ground.  

In the past, two drone operators have been charged for crimes during a protest. Myron Dewey was charged with stalking and Aaron Turgeon was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, one being a C Felony for flying an UAS at a North Dakota Highway Patrol plane. 

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