First U.S. Citizen Arrested With Drone Evidence Vows to Fight Case

Drone EvidenceJason Koebler writes on U.S News & World Report:

The tiny town of Lakota, N.D., is quickly becoming a key testing ground for the legality of the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement after one of its residents became the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone.

The bizarre case started when six cows wandered onto Rodney Brossart’s 3,000 acre farm. Brossart, an alleged anti-government “sovereignist,” believed he should have been able to keep the cows, so he and two family members chased police off his land with high powered rifles.

After a 16-hour standoff, the Grand Forks police department SWAT team, armed with a search warrant, used an agreement they’ve had with Homeland Security for about three years, and called in an unmanned aerial vehicle to pinpoint Brossart’s location on the ranch. The SWAT team stormed in and arrested Brossart on charges of terrorizing a sheriff, theft, criminal mischief, and other charges, according to documents.

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  • Zenc

    Well, that’s what he gets for merely chasing the cops off when he should have killed them.

  • emperorreagan

    Good choice for test case if you’re the government – pick a guy who’s not very sympathetic and get your foot in the door.

  • T.R. Wolfe

    How long before drones can taze people? :)

  •ハ-リソン-ジェイコブ/1065750025 ハ-リソン ジェイコブ

    So this is what we are spending our money on? A drone flight to catch a guy who what.. wrangled 6 cows?

  • Faceless Anarkest

    This guy fucked him self over he should have found out where the cows come from before he decided to keep them.

  • Tnwii

    That’s not “drone evidence,” they used it to find him.  The evidence is the cows that he kept.

  • Scruffy

    Because helicopters have never been used to chase any criminals. I thought the US had laws that let people kill people to protect their stuff.

  • VoxMagi

    Probably the only thing that would make me feel vaguely good about a fascist state…is the sweet sweet notion of tanks rolling overtop of two bit hack-ass thieves who rename their douchebaggery “sovereignty” so that it sounds noble and rebellious instead of pathetic and shitty. Fuck him.

  • Br_1349


    I don’t think I click with what you said. It’s rather vague. It’s his cattle, most likely branded under his name. So, what business is it for the state government to be prioritizing in the guys business, what ever happened to free market economy? Lets say for instance, this whole fiasco was over 1 cow exceeding his property by 5 feet. Where would your stand be on that? Ridiculous, right?

  • David

    That particular case will probably be upheld, since the police can easily claim that they had responded to a “crime in progress” involving assault rifles. Since the police had an “imminent danger” claim, they didn’t need a search warrant. (They could have done the same thing with a manned helicopter, after all.)

    My problem isn’t this particular case. It’s when the police can’t help themselves and end up using it on routine matters with no search warrant, regardless of whether or not there’s a crime in progress.