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