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Police Departments Could Be Able To Fly Drones In Public Places Without Warrants

Republican State Representative Bob Morris says his new bill could help make that happen.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Police departments in Indiana could have the right to fly drones in public places without a warrant, thanks to a Fort Wayne lawmaker's new bill.

Republican State Representative Bob Morris told ABC 21 that several officers came to him asking about using drones without a warrant in public places. 

Morris says it's for police emergencies, if a police emergency has been declared and if a permit has been pulled for a public gathering.

If the bill passes, police would be allowed to fly a drone 400 feet above a public event. The video collected could be used as evidence if a crime is committed. 

Police are already allowed to do surveillance in a helicopter or airplane above 400 feet.

The bill goes to the House floor on Monday.

(Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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