The City of Hartford
a municipal entity organized and operating under the laws of the State of Connecticut. The city maintains a police department for the protection of persons within municipal boundaries. 7.
February 1,2014, the plaintiff heard
a police scanner that there was a serious motor vehicle accident
the City of Hartford.
responded to the scene
the accident, where he operated a remote-controlled model aircraft, colloquially known
a drone, he owns to hover over the accident scene and to record visual images
the accident scene. His device was hovering at an altitude of 150 feet. At all times relevant to this action, the plaintiff was standing outside of the area denoted as the crime scene
officers responding to the accident.
a public place, operating his device
public space, observing events that were
plain view. 8. Although the plaintiff
employed as a photographer and editor at a local television station, he was not acting as
the television station at the time, a fact he made clear to police officers who were also at the accident scene, including defendant Yergeau and others. 9. The plaintiff did acknowledge to defendant Yergeau and others that he does, from time to time, forward the video feed from his drone to the television station for which he works. 10. While at the scene of the accident, defendant Yergeau and other uniformed members of the Hartford Police Department surrounded the plaintiff, demanded his identification card, and asked him questions about what he was doing.