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Police Watchdog Using Drones, Finds Himself On Cops' Public Enemy List

Police Watchdog Using Drones, Finds Himself On Cops' Public Enemy List


Airdate: 08/20/2014

As controversy rages in Ferguson, Missouri, cops across the country are also finding themselves under scrutiny.

But is this guy taking things to the extreme? He's actually using a drone to keep his eye on the police force in Los Angeles.

His name is Daniel Saulmon, and he and his drone have become public enemy number one to the LAPD.

Saulmon told INSIDE EDITION, "Police behave better when they know they're being recorded."

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Saulmon is a self-appointed police watchdog who posts videos on his YouTube channel. He flew his drone over the Hollywood police station, capturing video of cops headed out on patrol. They claimed by flying over the parking lot he was trespassing and ordered him to stop taping.

One officer told Saulmon, "You're not allowed to be in the parking lot."

"We're not in the parking lot," replied Saulmon.

"We're not going to go through, you know, questions and answers of semantics," said the officer.

Another officer told Saulmon, "If I went to your home and you were growing something illegally in your backyard, I can't just look over the fence."

"Are you guys growing something illegal back there?" asked Saulmon.

Saulmon has already been busted a half-a-dozen times, including an arrest after he taped cops breaking up a homeless camp in Venice Beach at two in the morning, when he told police, "You're hurting my wrists."

Cops also reprimanded him for flying a drone over a rally in Los Angeles protesting the shooting in Ferguson.
    
An officer explained, "The FAA considers that an aircraft. You cannot fly that within 30 miles of Los Angeles airspace."

Now, Saulmon has been temporarily grounded. The Los Angeles Port Police confiscated one of his $1,400 remote-controlled drones.

INSIDE EDITION asked, "Are you purposely baiting the police? Are you trying to provoke them?"

"Not at all," replied Saulmon. "I'm not trying to bait the police. I'm just trying to record them keep an eye on them and try to monitor their behavior."

Saulmon says nothing will stop him from flying his drone, policing the police from above.
    
"They should just try to focus on doing what they're supposed to do and quit worrying about what I'm doing," he said.


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