"To illustrate the difference between the views from the street-level journalists vs. the drone journalist, here's a link to the actual imagery from both. The street-level view is what aired on TV.
"Their "standard equipment," complete with zoom capability that the drone does not have, were able to and did in fact obtain close-up footage of vehicle. That footage aired.
The drone's camera took stills that show no detail at all.…"
"[Not legal advice] There's absolutely nothing that would even remotely support a claim of recklessness under Part 91. Moreover, there are no federal statutes or regulations, and there is no case law concerning remote-controlled model aircraft,…"
"Actually, the FAA "claims" you need that COA. However there exists no statute or regulation that supports that claim. That said, if you don't want the FAA bothering you, apply for the COA.
And Ted, you make a very valid point re:…"
"[Not intended to be legal advice.]
As a law enforcement officer you are considered a "state actor," and constitutional considerations apply to your use of a drone while on duty. Under the Supreme Court ruling in Kyllo v. United…"