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Florida Man Felt Harassed By Drone, Shoots It Down

Wendell Goney of Mount Dora, FL stands accused of shooting down a sheriff's drone.

Wendell Goney told deputies he shot the drone because he “thought it was trying to harass him,” according to his arrest affidavit. Deputies said Goney fired at the drone twice, shooting it out of the air and causing it to fall on a nearby structure and catch fire.

(Via OrlandoSentinel)

Fans of science fiction author Larry Niven may recall the copseyes in his short story Cloak of Anarchy:

Twice the usual number of copseyes floated overhead, waiting. Gold dots against blue, basketball-sized, twelve feet up. Each a television eye and a sonic stunner, each a hookup to police headquarters...

It turns out that not all users of King's Free Park were in favor of police surveillance drones:

I asked. "Where did you get the rocks?"

"Rocks? Oh, we found a place where the center divider shows though. We knocked off some chunks of concrete." Ron looked down the length of the park just as a kid bounced a missile off a golden ball. " They got one! Come on!"

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