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Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center, last Friday night, after the LA Kings Stanley Cup Celebration.

Because the LAPD will not confirm that the drone was theirs, it is unknown whether the drone in the video did indeed belong to the Police. However, late last month, the LAPD announced it was given two “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (UAVs) by the Seattle Police Department.

The vehicle in the video does not appear to be a Dragonflyer X6, which is the model LAPD received from Seattle.

Even if the drone was not a police surveillance device and it belonged to a dweeb who wanted to film the celebration, I think the response of this crowd to the UAV shows a healthy disrespect for drones and this response should give pause to other police departments currently contemplating the purchase and deployment of drones.

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