Teen Attacked for Flying Drone Over Beach
In viral video, woman hits 'pervert' boy with camera copter
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2014 4:07 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A woman who appeared to believe that assaulting a teenager was somehow less illegal than flying a camera-equipped drone over a beach has been charged in an attack captured on video. "He's taking pictures of people on the beach with a helicopter plane," a woman identified as Andrea Mears, 23, says into her phone before allegedly attacking the 17-year-old boy, grabbing his face, calling him a "pervert," and ripping his shirt, the New Haven Register reports. His video of the incident went viral after it was posted on LiveLeak.

The Westbrook, Conn., teen says he was using a quad copter with a camera attached to film the landscape from 50 feet up and has been flying electronic aircraft since he was 9 years old. Mears—who called the police about the teen's drone use—claims he assaulted her first and he edited the video to make her look like the aggressor. He says he was just trying to protect himself. "I was just holding her away so she couldn't cause severe injuries to me," he tells NBC. Mears has been charged with breach of the peace and third-degree assault.

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rv
Jul 24, 2014 5:21 PM CDT
Can't believe she did that to this kid Under what right did she think she could assault him? Nobody came to his aid, wassup with that? Thank goodness, he had his phone taping her actions.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 12, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
Public park, public area, and a private citizen with a hobby aircraft, not a drone. The lady is cooked. I take my camera to the beach anytime I visit. Its a public venue. Don't like your photo being taken, go to a private beach.
Tony
Jun 11, 2014 10:01 PM CDT
She goes to a public beach and screams about privacy, then assaults someone? In what world is she in the right? I'm prior law enforcement and I think she is lucky she is just arrested and not waiting in the hospital to be treated before her arrest. After she assaulted him, he would have had the right to punch her lights out in self defense.