Hurst, TX — For decades, in dystopian fictions, readers and watchers alike have become very familiar with the idea of state-run drones spying on the entrapped population. Luckily, however, the scenes of drones chasing down or spying on those who dare dissent against authority have been restricted to fantasy — until now.

When Texas resident Bobbie Sanchez walked out in her backyard last week, the last thing she thought she’d see was a drone — hovering — watching her kids.

“Mommy there’s a drone over our roof,” said her children.

According to Sanchez, the drone hovered there long enough for her to take multiple photos and to call the police for help.

However, when Sanchez called the Hurst police department to inform them a drone was spying on her children, the Hurst police department said it was them.

“They’re watching my children play in the backyard,” said Sanchez. “I called the Hurst Police Department and was pretty surprised to hear that it was them.”


According to NBC DFW, Hurst police and fire started using drones earlier this year. The department claimed that the day they were over Sanchez’s yard, they were conducting ‘a training exercise.’

Training, in the land of the free, now involves police officers stripping citizens of their privacy and creepily watching their kids.

Dystopian, indeed.

After being caught spying on children, the department now promises that they will tighten down on when and where the drones will be deployed.

“We will not be doing any type of training exercises over houses and things like that,” said Hurst Police Assistant Chief Steve Niekamp.

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According to Niekamp, the department’s drones will now only launch over crime scenes, accident scenes, to find a suspect, an active shooter, or a missing person. The fire department may also use them to strategize on fighting fires.

“We’re working for our citizens, if they have concerns then we definitely need to address it,” said Niekamp in an obvious understatement.

When Sanchez’ neighbors got news of the drone, they were outraged, naturally.

“It might be legal but it’s still creepy to think that police can be saying that they’re training or looking for a criminal and still be looking at you in your backyard,” said neighbor Casey Byrnes.

Others told NBC DFW that they feel betrayed and that their trust in police is damaged.

In a truly liberty-loving tone, Sanchez stated, “I am not a person who will give up privacy for safety.” 

The use of drones in policing is a slippery slope. While fears of active shooters and missing children will be used to justify them, if history is any indicator, these drones will ultimately be used to further deteriorate what little semblance of privacy left in America.

Also, guns.

As the Free Thought Project reported last week, Connecticut may be the first state in the country to allow police officers to put deadly weapons on drones. Some states have discussed equipping drones with tasers but this is the first proposal to arm them with deadly weapons. What could possibly go wrong?

The good news is, in a recent ruling, a Kentucky man has prevailed in a lawsuit he faced over shooting down a drone that entered his property.

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William Meredith became known as the “drone slayer” in 2015, after he used a shotgun to dismantle a drone operated by David Boggs, that he says was flying over his property in front of him and his daughter. Meredith initially faced felony charges of endangerment and criminal mischief for shooting down the drone. The criminal charges were dismissed by Judge Rebecca Ward in Bullitt County District Court, citing recollections from witnesses who said that the drone was flying under the tree line. Ward also said that Meredith was within his rights to shoot down the drone.

According to Meredith, that drone, like the police drone in Hurst, was also watching his children.

However, we shouldn’t rely on this case to hold up against the blue privilege associated with shooting down ‘official police property’ — even if it is watching your kids in your own backyard.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Phil Freeman

    You are thick as a whale sandwich. Who mentioned violence? An open vacancy under a rock somewhere.

    • Mark Curbow

      You did, moron. You meant you’re going to love me so much I don’t make it to court? Too many chromosomes? Can’t remember how to read what you previously posted? Let’s just let this one go. You can’t do shit about my drone and you can’t do shit about me suing you if by some miracle you could. You’re all talk. All pathetic. You’d be lucky if any drone operators found anything about the kids you had with your sister remotely worth looking at.

      • Phil Freeman

        I asked a question. YOU took that question and added your own emphasis to it to imply it had a violent connotation. You may indeed fly your little toys around, but you certainly aren’t getting in MENSA. You’re just another turd in the punch bowl of humanity’s diarrhea machine. Just another troglodyte flapping those soup coolers with zero benefit toward anyone, or anything, but I’m sure all of your friends think what you have to say is real important. I think we’re done here. Go fly your toy junior.

        • Mark Curbow

          If you listen real quiet-like, you can hear all the MENSA members who are reading this article snorting and laughing at your sick burn bro. That’s right…you CAN hear all of them…all zero of them. I never claimed to be in MENSA. You certainly aren’t either. But I do have a masters degree in nuclear engineering from a major university, where I received their highest academic scholarship. And I do work for the Department of Defense…that’s right…defending you. Which, in the limited scope of defending Phil Freeman, I agree, is of no benefit to anyone. When you just have one type of bullet in your gun Phil, keep firing it. I think I will go fly my $2,000 toy with my grandkids. I appreciate the suggestion.

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