Multiple videos have been posted
online showing what uploaders
described as hockey fans destroying
a Los Angeles Police Department
drone outside the Staples Center,
last Friday night, after the LA Kings
Stanley Cup Celebration.
Because the LAPD will not confirm
that the drone was theirs, it is
unknown whether the drone in the
video did indeed belong to the Police.
However, late last month, the LAPD
announced it was given two "Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles" (UAVs) by the Seattle
Police Department. The vehicle in the
video does not appear to be a
Draganflyer X6, which is the model
LAPD received from Seattle.
Even if the drone was not a police
surveillance device and it belonged to
a dweeb who wanted to film the
celebration from the air, I think the
response of this crowd to the UAV
shows a healthy disrespect for drones
and that this response should give pause
to other police departments currently
contemnplating the purchase and
deployment of drones.