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Drone to the dome: Police arrest man for hitting cop with flying robot

Crowded: Two cops were injured at a hugely crowded funeral for a famous rabbi in Borough Park.
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Call it attack of the drone.

An upstate New York man is facing a felony endangerment charge after a drone he allegedly flew over a crowded Borough Park funeral procession fell onto a police officer’s face Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect, a 36-year-old man from Monsey, was flying his drone over 54th Street near New Utrecht Avenue — which teemed with tens of thousands of people mourning the death of a famous rabbi — when the device lost power and plummeted onto a nearby officer, striking her face, according to police.

The injured cop was sent to Maimonides Hospital for treatment, while her colleagues nabbed the suspect on a felony reckless endangerment charge, in addition to two misdemeanor charges for assault and for flying the drone in violation of city ordinance, cops said.

Another officer was injured amid the massive funeral procession on 58th street near 14th Avenue, where a car struck and injured a patrolman, potentially breaking his ankle, according to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who addressed the injuries at a press conference Tuesday.

A department spokeswoman wasn’t able to provide details regarding the car that struck the officer, but reports state the cop was hit by a vehicle carrying the deceased rabbi.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:14 pm, April 4, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Ken from Brooklyn says:
according to the police commissioner, it ran out of batteries, it was an accident......
April 3, 2019, 3:58 pm
Hit him with the Book from Brooklyn says:
1) They all know it's illegal to fly drones in NYC 2) it's reckless endangerment to fly these things over people or any populated area 3)photographing people without their consent is rude and disrespectful, especially at a funeral 4) the fact that it ran out of batteries doesn't make it an accident, rather it makes it all the more careless. Being a dummy is not an excuse.
April 3, 2019, 9:42 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
it happens to be I agree with Ken from Brooklyn, accidents will happen, btw the drone wasn't photographing only the big crowd, not individuals,
April 4, 2019, 2:32 pm
Joe Bruno from Bensonhurst says:
Isn't it illegal to block the sidewalks & street in such a manner ? Ridiculous !
April 5, 2019, 11:33 am
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Copters gonna cop
April 5, 2019, 3:35 pm

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