Much has been written about governments and law enforcement agencies using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) to surveil citizens. But what of a citizen using a camera drone to investigate environmental illegalities in his or her own back yard?
Images from a hobbyist's camera-equipped drone have led to charges being filed against a meat packing plant in Texas. What makes this even more interesting is that the hobbyist was only testing equipment when he captured images of a "river of blood," and did not have any political or environmental agenda.
From the drone news website SUASnews.com:
In January 2012 we were sent the images that exposed the level of pollution occurring. They were taken by an sUAS News reader that still wishes to remain anonymous. The story went viral and continues to receive hits nearly a year later. I believe this is the first environmental crime to be prosecuted on the basis of UA evidence. Authorities had to act because of the attention the story was receiving.