If someone were spying on your young daughter sunbathing, what would you do? Most of us would first ask the person to leave and then escalate things if refusals were offered. But what could you do if the person spying was actually a flying drone? You can’t reach for it? You can’t threaten it, and the likelihood of you throwing something at it and connecting are very slim.
When this actual thing happened, a Kentucky dad did what many of us might consider. He shot it down. Quite a fair reaction you might think, but William Meredith has now been arrested for wanton endangerment first degree and criminal mischief.
Mr. Meredith has an open carry license and fired directly into the air, not across a street or at a fence…straight up in the air over his property. So why has he been arrested?
Could this be because State and Federal agencies are relying more and more on Drone footage as a way of spying on US citizens? The case has been publicized widely and one suspects that it is to deter others from shooting down drones in the future.
When this Kentucky man realized a drone was hovering above his daughter while she sun bathed in the backyard he made what seems to be a perfectly rational decision… He shot it down.
Now this homeowner is in d.eep trouble for it
“My daughter comes in and says, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here flying,’ ” William H. Merideth, 47, told a local Fox News affiliate reported Tuesday. The Bullitt County father shot at the drone, which crashed in a field near his yard Sunday night.
The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house, the station reported.
“I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property,’ ” Mr. Merideth said, noting that the drone briefly disappeared when his daughter waved it off. “Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.”
Mr. Merideth said four men tried to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but then changed their minds when they saw his personal firearms.
“I had my 40 mm [sic] Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting,’ ” Mr. Merideth told the station.
The police arrested the homeowner soon afterward.
“There were some words exchanged there about my weapon, and I was open carry — it was completely legal,” he said, the station reported. “Long story short, after that, they took me to jail for wanton endangerment first degree and criminal mischief … because I fired the shotgun into the air.”
Mr. Merideth said he is looking into what legal action he could take in response to the incident. He said he only fired his weapon because it was hovering over his home.
“Our rights are being trampled daily,” he said, the station reported. “Not on a local level only — but on a state and federal level. We need to have some laws in place to handle these kind of things.”
Despite the fact that William Meredith shot down and destroyed someones personal property We can hardly blame him. He brings up a serious point that privacy laws should be updated to prevent a drone from prying into your personal space directly above you home.
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h/t: Washington Times