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Let me be clear that this video was uploaded not as an attempt to portray the Metropark police in a negative light.
I appreciate their professionalism during this incident despite not agreeing with them.
I do not believe in being difficult with the police just for the sake of doing so.
The intention of my video is to shine light on their 'policy' that seems to have no ground to stand on and encourage a discussion of model aircraft being used for photography on public land.
There is much misconception and paranoia among the public about "drones".
The hobby is under attack by people paranoid and ignorant about our machines.
I also want to be clear that there was no dangerous flying happening in the 5 minutes we flew.
We chose an isolated area of the park for this reason, did not fly over anyone's head and maintained a spotter per AMA regulations when flying FPV.
I strongly believe in safe and responsible RC use.
We were initially confronted by a woman who identified herself as a park employee and was told that "Drones are illegal.
The FCC banned them." I believe she was confused with the FAA, but the point remains that she was misinformed.
She accused me of using it to spy on people (on public property no less).
I believe the entire incident was a result of her complaint that I could be spying.
The police just used the public safety angle to get rid of me.
No one in the entire ordeal ever accused me of flying unsafe or putting anyone specifically at risk.
I chose the location because it is a safe place for me to get the footage we wanted!
I have other videos of Kensington on my channel that show it is a wide open and safe place to fly.
It would be difficult to find a better and safer public location in southeast Michigan for flying.