A Connecticut woman is facing charges for attacking a teenage boy who was flying a drone at the beach. The beat down was caught on an iPhone camera strapped to the drone. The woman has been arrested and charged with assault.


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More details from the shorelinetimes.com:

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection police, which patrol the park, arrested 23-year-old Andrea L. Mears, of Worthington Drive in Westbrook, after the incident on May 12.

According to a police report obtained by the Register on Monday, she was charged with third-degree assault and breach of the peace. State judicial records show that Mears is to appear in court in New Haven on June 19.

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“Yeah, that’s right, leave you little pervert!” The woman says. She can be seen grabbing and hanging onto the boy’s blue shirt, which appears to tear apart. She appears to strike him multiple times with her hands.

In the DEEP police report, an officer said that he was told Mears had called authorities asking for an officer around 4:05 p.m. on May 12. She reportedly said that a remote controlled aircraft was being flown over the beach with a camera on it. The DEEP police officer said he tried to call Mears back but couldn’t reach her.

A short time later, dispatchers told the officer that the teenage victim had called police to report that he had been assaulted by Mears. Then Mears called the officer back, seeming to be distraught.

That officer and another DEEP officer arrived at the beach a few minutes later, along with two Madison police sergeants and Madison paramedics. Mears was charged and released on a summons. The DEEP officer who wrote the report concluded that though the teenager “may have hit Mears at some point in the incident, it appeared to be while he was defending himself and attempting to get away from her attack.”

Today on The Real Story, criminal defense attorney Remi Spencer argued, “I think everyone can agree they don’t want a drone capturing an image of us on the beach. Some of us are in bikinis, we’re feeling a little bit more vulnerable.”

However, she noted that people give up some of their rights in a public space like the beach. The bottom line, Spencer said, is that the woman had no right to attack the teen. 


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