The sheriff in Cass County, the state’s most populous county, says Becker’s proposal could set a troublesome precedent.
“Some people have this idea that these drones are some sneak and peek into their private lives,” said Sheriff Paul Laney, a former Red River Valley SWAT team commander and a member of a national board for crisis management on issues similar to the Brossart case. “It’s no different than a routine patrol when we drive by in a squad car on the road and look down the driveway. We are just doing it from a higher level.”
One part of Becker’s proposal would require a warrant when drones are used as a part of a criminal investigation. Brossart’s lawyer, Bruce Quick of Fargo, said a warrant was not obtained for drone use.