Decide says drone was invading the privateness of the person who shot it

Judge says drone was invading the privacy of the man who shot it

William Merideth, the person from Kentucky who shot down a drone earlier this yr, informed WDRB that he felt vindicated after a district decide dismissed the fees towards him, even when the accuser can nonetheless take the case earlier than a grand jury. He was initially charged for firing his gun inside metropolis limits, however the decide has selected Monday that the drone invaded his privateness, giving him the best to shoot it. The decide got here to that conclusion after two witnesses testified that the UAV flew under the tree line of Merideth’s property. Nevertheless, the Phantom three drone’s proprietor and pilot, David Boggs, offered Ars Technica with a video again in August displaying that his machine was flying 200 ft above the bottom. Boggs stated that the decide did not hassle wanting on the video he offered, a choice that he claimed shocked even the cops concerned within the case.

He informed Ars:

What occurred in courtroom was unbelievable — I do not know the right way to describe how I really feel about it. Earlier than [the hearing] was 20 minutes previous, she dismissed the wanton endangerment cost. She stated, ‘I do not assume anyone’s life was in peril, and I’ll dismiss that.

Once I got here again in and she or he was going to make her ruling, she did not take a look at the video, she did not take a look at the telemetry knowledge, and there have been no witnesses referred to as on behalf of the state. She did not care what the video stated. She believed what the neighbor stated and that the drone was under the tree line. The decide did not take a look at the video, paid no consideration to the video. I am simply shocked, past shocked. The cops have been shocked. So in essence what she’s saying is that if a information helicopter flies over your home, you’ll be able to shoot it down, too. There was no regard to the reality in any way. None.

Boggs now plans to file a civil lawsuit, because of the shooter “doubl[ing] down on his lies.” Merideth, then again, stated his neighbors noticed the drone making earlier flights over his land and believes he “was in [his] proper to guard [his] household and [his] property.” He additionally advised Ars that the video does not present which flight the footage was from. He clarified to WDRB that he does not “encourage individuals to only exit and begin blasting stuff for no purpose.” Nevertheless, he is properly conscious that comparable instances sooner or later will check with this lawsuit — identical to that well-known McDonald’s espresso case — as authorities are nonetheless determining the authorized groundwork for drone use.

[Image credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto (edited to add drone silhouette)]

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