FBI Investigating DAPL Protester’s Use Of Drone

Via the Smoking Gun:

A Dakota Access Pipeline opponent whose drone was shot at by police over the North Dakota protest site is being investigated by the FBI for flying the small aerial vehicle too close to helicopters being used by law enforcement to monitor protesters, records show.

Federal investigators recently secured a search warrant for the contents of a Facebook account operated by Dean Dedman Jr., 31, a member of the Standing Rock Hunkpapa tribe in South Dakota.

According to an affidavit sworn by FBI Agent Brian VanOosbree, Dedman is being investigated for allegedly violating a federal statute covering the damage or destruction of an aircraft.

Investigators allege that Dedman twice flew his drone so close to helicopters being used for police surveillance that pilots had to take “evasive maneuvers that would keep the two aircraft from colliding.” Believing that Dedman’s drone “had become a danger,” law enforcement officers repeatedly attempted to shoot the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter down.

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