Father who shot down drone hovering over his house as his daughter sunbathed is arrested – sparking new privacy debate

A father shot was arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was hovering over his sunbathing daughter.

William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment.

The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house, when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend.

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  • Dana Garcia

    Isn’t peeping Tom behavior against the law? It looks like self-defense to me.

    • Blacksmith

      He should get an award instead of being arrested, I wonder if they will look into the background of this peeping tom? Doubtful he will be praised by pedophile leftist as a hero.

      • Exile1981

        An article i read on monday pointed out that several neighbours complained the drone was peering into windows of various homes and the cops refused to come out. They only came out for call of “fire arm discharged in city limits” which was made by the drone owner.

        The dad asked the cops to take the drone as evidence but they returned it to the 4 “young men” who dhowed up to claim it. The 4 guys also threatened yhe dad and he told them if they came back onto his property there would be a second shooting.

        Also some media outlets are claiming “racism” could be a factor as the dad is white and the young men are not. Though its not like he knew who was flying by remote camera.

        Also the dad used a shotgun with with bird shot deliberatly to avoid a concern with a rounx coming back down and hurting someone.

        Lastly the dad said it flew away when he first chased it off and only shot it when it came back 15 minutes later.

        That kind of flight time and transmitting camera is not a vheap toy.

    • I hope he is vindicated

      • Oracle9

        I am an aviator. Does that mean that if I fly over his property he is allowed to shoot me down?

        • Markon

          Well, if you are in a helicopter hovering over his property and snapping pics of his daughter then yes, or are you a prog douche?

          • Oracle9

            You are assuming the owner of the drone had malicious intent. Since you also make your point with a rude insult, who’s acting like a prog here?

            Then again, if you are offended, be an activist and work to ban them. That would be the direction you are going anyway.

            Makes me wonder why you troll this site anyway.

          • Exile1981

            The original article points out numerous neighbours complained the drone was peering into windows in there homes. It also mentioned the pilot claimed the whete checking out the buddies house but no one in the neighbourhood knew the 4 men.

            So i’d say yes they were most likely using it to scope out for a break and enter. The cops refused to confiscate it or take the 4 mens names

        • Dan Howe

          As an aviator, can you tell the difference between a six pound machine and a six thousand pound aircraft containing humans? I bet the shooter can.

          • GOVERNMENTKNOWSBEST

            Slow down with the logic…..

        • Xavier

          Yes. Now go fuck yourself.

          • Oracle9

            Read End of Discussion by Mary Ham and Guy Benson. Seems the ‘progressive left’ rabble has moved into the BCF forum.

          • Xavier

            You posited an inane straw man so you could inform this community “I am an aviator” and a special snowflake. Color me unimpressed by your logic skills or your ego.

          • Oracle9

            Take your diffused anger somewhere else, especially in rallying around the shooter.

            A little advice son: You’re never angry for the reason you think.

            And yes, I am an aviator and know more about that world than you ever will

        • tom_billesley

          Air space above 500 ft is navigable and treated as a public highway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_rights

          • Oracle9

            Below is acceptable if it’s 2,000 feet horizontally displaced from built-up areas.

        • El Martyachi

          Did you even read the article?

          • Oracle9

            But of course. If you’re offended by my point of view, deal with it.

          • El Martyachi

            You flying a plane over some property at x000ft is a lot different than a drone repeatedly hovering at 20′ in someone’s backyard. If your point of view is that those two things are basically the same your point if view is…. ridiculous. And, well… there’s no shortage of ridicule kicking around.

          • Oracle9

            Like I said earlier, why is it assumed that malice was intended?

            Go ahead, get them banned too. Happy utopia.

          • El Martyachi

            Man.. I love drones. I love them seriously enough that they’re looking like a long term career in the not-so-distant future. And I love privacy more and this story seemed pretty cut and dry. There’s no way I’d fly the way the drone in the story was described without good reason, and, if that were the case (flying so close under some unusual circumstances) would have a reasonable expectation that property owners might shoot me down.

          • Oracle9

            Drones are amazing. The use of them does require a good level of personal responsibility. And of course privacy is important too, so there must be a little wisdom exercised by everyone. What gets me is that the overly-offended feel empowered to destroy them under any frivolous circumstance, even in public spaces.

            No problem it seems with the issue of discharging firearms in a residential area.

            Sounds like layers of culpability. It is complex. At the same time we have to be careful that we keep a healthy balance between personal freedoms and a law against nearly everything.

          • El Martyachi

            If he’d used anything but a shotgun it’d be dicey safety-wise for sure. And having hunted birds, I know how hard they are to hit and how low and slow that drone would have to be in order to be knocked down. Not to mention that his kid had already complained on a prior occasion, and that he had to go and get the shotgun. It sounds to me like the pilot was being a major dick and got his comeuppance.

          • barryjr

            So you are saying it is alright to hover over a backyard and take pictures of people that thought they were sunbathing in the privacy of their backyard?

          • Oracle9

            Of course not. Are you saying that the drone flyer’s testimony to the contrary, that there was no malicious intent, is invalid and that he is guilty of your accusation, solely because of your manufactured outrage?

          • moraywatson

            In the matter of trespass the intentions of the trespasser are irrelevant; the property owner gets to tell you to leave…period.

          • Oracle9

            Well if you are an expert specializing in aviation law as it relates to drones, I will believe you. Otherwise, how about we let the professionals sort it out.

        • DD_Austin

          Yes, with all possible consequences which arise out of that
          Like murder or Terrorism charges

          Besides which we’re all getting annoyed at noisy dirty
          planes intruding their shit into our home lives, so don’t
          expect any sympathy.

          You guys are just as annoying to everyone as those noisy stinking harley fag assholes with their trumpet “mufflers”

          • El Martyachi

            Coming Q1 2016 – dronestrikeaharley.com . We appreciate your business!

          • DD_Austin

            Dronehitmen.com

          • Oracle9

            Lighten up.

          • DD_Austin

            Blow me fly fag

        • Exile1981

          The drone was 10 feet in the sir and inside his 8′ privacy fence and photographing his daughters.

          So yes if you hovered a helicopter 10′ off his lawn and filmed his daughter bathing… yes he should have an option to drive you off.

          • Oracle9

            If he was doing that to photo the girls well that’s pretty irresponsible. Instead of using a gun in a residential area usually there are more appropriate remedies. Otherwise think Mad Max. Doesn’t surprise me though, we are going pretty much feral.

    • Gary

      If this was Toronto and a dad threw something at it to damage it , he would for sure be charged because during the PRIDE parade ( Toronto) the Police are so adapt to Diversity and Tolerance that they refuse to enforce the Federal laws that protect children from the naked male types in the parade exposing them self which used to be a crime in Ontario.
      CAMH wants to get Wynne to decriminalize being a pedophile by thier sexual preference from birth and only a crime once a child is harmed.

      The communists and sick perverts are now in charge and we have Police being paid so much money that they are loyal to their pay cheques and not Canada Laws when to comes to many minority groups with a built-in culture for what wasn’t a crime in the nation they came from .

      Hey, when the Cops even condone Child abuse and quasi-peodphilia in Ontario during PRIDE , can it be any wonder the perverts flock to PRIDE to get their jollies and hope that pedophilia will eb sanctioned under Wynne’s Liberals.

  • moraywatson

    This is about the expectation of privacy. Had the drone instead been a 50′ high cherrypicker manned by the neighbour and extended over the fenceline, what would have been different?

  • G

    We need to find a different way to shoot these dammed things down than simply blasting away with a shotgun or rifle. People need to get imaginative. Devise ways to do it that the cops will be unable to lay the charges they get off on so much.

    • Gary

      Use a primitive hunting weapon that I used as a kid.

      Take 5 chestnuts and put a hole through them to feed in a string into it and tie knots on each part of the holes to prevent it from moving along the string.
      The objective is to have all the strings linked at a center point to put the fingers between them to hold them apart as use rotate it to get the chestnuts to swing out from the force and twist around tight to then unwind and pick up speed .
      This is when you swing the whole thing around your head and throw it as you twist your wrist to make it look like a chopper rotor fly though the air.
      It was suppose to been thrown at the legs of animals being hunted or chased, once the 1 meter diameter spinning 5 chestnuts hit the legs they wrap around them and tie into a mess among the 5 strings and the animal trips and can’t get untied .

      In Star Wars the fighters fired cables that stuck to the huge walking attack machine legs that wrapped around and had the same affect that tripped them and the crashed to the ground.

      Toss one of these at the drone and see how fast the blades lock-up , fishing line would make a real mess and 5 grapes would do just fine to spin outwards to make this trap down that drone.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I think using pitted Queen olives soaked in Bombay gin would add that touch of “Je ne sais quoi” class.

      • tom_billesley

        Bolas.

    • Clink9

      Buy a bunch of cheaper drones and go all kamikaze.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It would likely be more expensive than the drone, but I’m pretty sure I could take apart an old microwave oven for the transducer, and make some rudimentary “bang-bang” (only move full left-right, up-down, or straight ahead) guidance control system that would be a respectable solid fueled, beam-riding surface to air missile.
      I’m also almost positive that building your own radar guided surface to air missiles is likely highly regulated, especially in a residential area.
      It might even carry significant criminal penalties if your paperwork wasn’t just so for when you cooked that bad boy off.
      But yeah, it could be done.

    • Al_the_Fish

      Slingshot firing ice cubes. High pressure water gun (pressure sprayer for cleaning.) Focused light beam (melt the drone) from a parabolic reflector (requires secondary lenses and mirror for aiming the beam.)

    • moraywatson

      Paintgun.

    • Exile1981

      Paintball rifle loaded with bath beads. The bath beads dont break and instead convert all the velocity into kinetic energy of impact rather than throwing shards around like a paintball round.

      Experiences has shown the bath oil beads will break bones if clise enough. At 20-30 feet you could take out a rotor or destabalize it enough to knock it down.

      Option b is a potatoe gun loaded with a weighted net. That should take it down as well.

    • Alain

      A crossbow or even a good bow would do the job.

  • Oracle9

    “My property” does not extend into airspace at any altitude. He has no legal leg to stand on.

    • Markon

      So if I throw a drone up to hover outside a bathroom window in the middle of an acreage to video the farmers daughter taking a bath all is well? Trudeau voter right?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Actually, you are wrong. If a neighbour’s tree looms over my property and creates unwanted shade, I can trim said tree to not overhang my property. Ta-da!

      • Dana Garcia

        Seems like if neighbor crawled out on the limb with a camera, it would be different.

    • G

      Who cares about legal? The law has become nothing more than make-work project for ambulance chasing scumbags.
      Shoot down the asshole’s toy plane and maybe he’ll think twice before he gets his jollies dying on sunbathing girls again.
      If you wait for some law school slimo to give his expensive approval you’ll wait forever.

      • Dan Howe

        He did that and may go to jail for it. Talking with a law school slimo may have been able to prevent that.

    • Clinton

      Actually, in 1946 the US Supreme Court ruled that landowners have
      control of the airspace immediately over their property. I believe
      they settled on an arbitrary figure of 80 feet above the property.

    • Exile1981

      In alberta its 50 feet of sirspace is consideted private property.

  • GOVERNMENTKNOWSBEST

    NSA is subcontracting……

  • tom_billesley

    This is an obvious first commercial application for a high power laser.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      As long as you didn’t get popped by the FAA/CAA for being a hazard to air safety, a high powered laser would do a number on the drones optics.
      If you lazed in the UV spectrum, you would likely get away with it, for a while as long as you were not pointing it at real aircraft.

  • May I remind us all. Hold off on the ad hominems please.