Law enforcement opposes ND legislation regulating drone use

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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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