Thanks to Ed Komarek for sharing.
Holy cow—people really ARE waking up, but we have a long way to go.
A friend I met through Cobra’s Prepare for Change group is very active in waking people up—at 70 years old she has been working with the Common Law Court initiative and now is collecting signatures to get the vote on the labeling of GMOs on the ballot in Arizona in November.
I said I’d collect a few signatures from my neighbours, but so far, after sending out an email to a dozen or so on Friday, only
two three have contacted me. With the June deadline looming, I was hoping to get at least half a dozen. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days. ~ BP
Jun. 14, 2014
Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHL’s Stanley Cup.
Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a “melee” outside the arena following the King’s victory over the New York Rangers.
In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing:
In another clip, the drone is not visible, but the hockey fans can be heard chanting, “We got the drone! We got the drone!” The person who uploaded that video to Facebook included a description that said it showed fans rejoicing after taking down “the LAPD drone that was hovering over the KINGS CHAMPIONSHIP Celebration.”
As of this writing, the LAPD has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Business Insider asking whether they lost a drone outside the Staples Center Friday night. Of course, with no official response, it is impossible to confirm whether the drone in the video did indeed belong to the police. However, the LAPD did recently acquire drones.
Late last month, the LAPD announced it was given two “unmanned aerial vehicles” 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.
When they announced the gift from Seattle, the department said it wouldn’t engage in widespread surveillance with the aerial vehicles and would only employ them for “narrow and prescribed uses” including; hostage situations, barricades, and suspect searches. On June 5, in response to criticism over the department’s potential drone usage, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he would seek input from privacy advocates and civil rights groups before deploying the unmanned aerial vehicles.
“We’re going to thoroughly vet the public’s opinion on the use of the aerial surveillance platforms,” Beck said.
Update (11:16 p.m.): Several tipsters have emailed Business Insider suggesting the device in the video is one of the models in the DJI “Phantom” series. These are intended for consumer use. Neither the LAPD or DJI have responded to requests for comment on this story.