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Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen

Posted By admin On August 3, 2012 @ 2:29 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

US News [1]
Aug 3, 2012

A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone [2] to assist in the arrest of an American citizen.

A judge denied a request to dismiss charges Wednesday against Rodney Brossart, a man arrested last year after a 16-hour standoff with police at his Lakota, N.D., ranch. Brossart’s lawyer [3] argued that law enforcement’s “warrantless use of [an] unmanned military-like surveillance aircraft” and “outrageous governmental conduct” warranted dismissal of the case, according to court documents obtained by U.S. News.

District Judge Joel Medd wrote that “there was no improper use of an unmanned aerial vehicle” and that the drone “appears to have had no bearing on these charges being contested here,” according to the documents.

Court records state that last June, six cows wandered onto Brossart’s 3,000 acre farm, about 60 miles west of Grand Forks. Brossart allegedly refused to return the cows, which led to a long, armed standoff with the Grand Forks police department. At some point during the standoff, Homeland Security, through an agreement with local police, offered up the use of an unmanned predator drone, which “was used for surveillance,” according to the court documents.

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[1] US News: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/08/02/court-upholds-domestic-drone-use-in-arrest-of-american-citizen

[2] first-ever use of an unmanned drone: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/04/09/first-man-arrested-with-drone-evidence-vows-to-fight-case

[3] Brossart’s lawyer: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/05/03/attorney-guerilla-like-police-tactics-used-in-first-american-drone-arrest

[4] First Man Arrested With Drone Evidence Vows to Fight Case: http://www.prisonplanet.com/first-man-arrested-with-drone-evidence-vows-to-fight-case.html

[5] Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-employ-predator-drone-spy-planes-on-home-front.html

[6] Supreme Court upholds DNA swabbing of people under arrest: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-upholds-dna-swabbing-of-people-under-arrest.html

[7] Senator Rand Paul’s Bill to Protect Citizens From Drone Surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senator-rand-paul%e2%80%99s-bill-to-protect-citizens-from-drone-surveillance.html

[8] Drone Makers Push Congress to Move Up Domestic Deployment Date: http://www.prisonplanet.com/drone-makers-push-congress-to-move-up-domestic-deployment-date.html

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