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Farmer convicted in North Dakota thanks to Predator drone

January 28th, 2014 1:03 pm by Interesting stories we found around the web

Farmer convicted in North Dakota thanks to Predator drone

A predator drone has helped convict a North Dakota famer of terrorizing law officers two years ago. 

Rodney Brossart was accused of stealing six cows from a neighbor. When officers came to his farm, Brossart family members refused to allow deputies on their farmstead and didn't show up for court hearings, which resulted in a summer long standoff in 2011, according to Fox News

Police used an unmanned drone to conduct survellance on the Brossart farm. 

Brossart's attorney asked a judge to drop the charges because the drone was used without a warrant, the report on Fox News said. The judge rejected the motion. Brossart was found not guilty for stealing the cows but got six months in prison for the police standoff. 

Charges against Brossart's wife and daughter were dropped. Brossart's three sons are also charged with terrorizing but no trial date has been set. 

Forbes reported that CBP Predator drones flew 700 missions for law enforcement in the U.S. between 2010 and 2012. 

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