Kids Toy RC Drone Carelessly Destroyed By Hockey Fan
It’s pretty clear the drone in the video looks nothing like a Draganflyer, in fact, based on photographs posted by dailynews.com, the drone is clearly a DJI Phantom (note the DJI label on its hull and the advanced “spy tech” duct tape). The drone wasn’t using a sophisticated spy camera, just a GoPro. So congratulations internet commenters and sloppy bloggers, you’ve proven you don’t know a thing about drones or how to use Google. And congratulations Kings fans, you managed to ruin another fan’s night and his $959 remote controlled helicopter, you also committed a crime.
Given the value of the property damaged, the act of knocking down the drone may be punishable under state vandalism laws. In California, the punishment would be up to $10,000 and up to one year in county jail. Furthermore, throwing objects at a remote controlled helicopter that is otherwise safely flying above a crowd, clearly constitutes reckless conduct that creates a risk of physical injury to another, in most states that is punishable by a hefty fine and a jail sentence. If someone were actually injured by the flying drone, the person who knocked it out of the sky might face reckless assault charges, which carries with it a sentence of up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine in California, and a similar punishment in most other jurisdictions.