FBI Releases 18 Hours of Spy Plane Video From the Freddie Gray Protests


The FBI has just released over 18 hours of surveillance video from the protests in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. The release comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU and gives a sense of how much visual surveillance the FBI uses during high-profile protests.

According to the ACLU, the videos are all shot from traditional piloted aircraft. But as the ACLU points out drones can be seen in many of the videos. It’s unclear if these drones were piloted by police, protesters, curious onlookers, or all of the above.

The videos, which all date from April 29, 2015 to May 3, 2015, switch from infrared (IR) to traditional camera mode and zoom in at various times—though even at the maximum zoom it doesn’t appear that any faces are clearly discernible. All 18 hours of raw video are available at the FBI’s website. – READ MORE

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