Cops: Guy's Drone Films Windows of Medical Rooms
Patients were inside; man charged with surveillance
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2014 1:32 PM CDT
File photo of a drone much like the one used.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In the age of drones, maintaining privacy apparently requires drawing the blinds—even when on an upper floor of a hospital. Police in Ulster, NY, charged a 49-year-old man with flying his camera-equipped drone outside the windows of a medical facility, reports the Daily Freeman of Kingston. Cops charged David Beesmer with unlawful surveillance, a felony, after patients and staffers at the Mid Hudson Medical Group building reported seeing his drone hovering 10 to 15 feet outside their windows.

In a Facebook post, Beesmer cops to a "huge error in judgment" but says he wasn't trying to spy on anyone, reports the Smoking Gun. He says he had taken his mom to the newly opened facility for a medical appointment and simply wanted to film the building itself. Police haven't described the confiscated footage, but Beesmer sounds like he's not giving up his hobby. “I will not stop droning," he writes. "This is the wave of the future ... and I WILL be a part of it."

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Jul 16, 2014 6:33 PM CDT
Lines from "Star Wars" the Original Theatrical Version in Theaters 1977 (should of won BEST PICTURE)! Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification. Obi-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don't need to see his identification. Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification. Obi-Wan: These aren't the drones you're looking for. Stormtrooper: These aren't the drones we're looking for. Obi-Wan: He can go about his business. Stormtrooper: You can go about your business. Obi-Wan: Move along. Stormtrooper: Move along... move along. There ya go!
Jul 16, 2014 5:09 PM CDT
Didn't the upskirt picture taker in IL win his case? I don't like the idea of RC's with mounted cameras, but to me its not that big of a deal considering cops put troubled neighborhoods under 24 hr video surveillance. There are already thousands of cameras watching people all day long. They use them also for traffic intersections and as proof in court for law breaking. The trouble is, an image from a camera can not always give exact results, but is used as 100% proof. I would dare to say that in the near future you will be in a cameras view at most times outside your home.
Jul 16, 2014 4:55 PM CDT
Peeping Toms rejoice.