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Arrest Could Lead to

Drone Controls in Hollywood

8/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813-drone-over-hollywood-fa-01Authorities have confiscated a drone from a man on a mission against the LAPD ... and the action could end up protecting celebrities in Hollywood from unmanned aircrafts.

We've learned Tom Zebra -- the guy who flew a drone over the Hollywood Division of the LAPD a few weeks back -- was flying his drone around the harbor in San Pedro, CA  when the Port Police confronted him and ordered him to land the aircraft. 

The cops grabbed the drone and then placed Zebra under arrest for a city law that prohibits anyone from flying an unmanned aircraft around a public beach.  He was cited and released.

We've learned the arrest got the LAPD buzzing ... because L.A. authorities have been stumped on how to regulate drones.  Up to now the LAPD and prosecutors saw no way to prohibit drones that fly under 400 feet.

But the arrest got law enforcement thinking ... they never thought about this particular law ... which not only prohibits drones around public beaches, but all publicly owned spaces and adjoining parking lots, pools, piers, golf courses and the like.  

We're told L.A. law enforcement now thinks that law can be used to protect celebs who live along California's coast ... including the throngs of famous folks in and around Malibu.  

Turns out the law also prohibits drones from buzzing over horse paths and hiking trails, and lots of celebs -- especially in the Calabasas area -- have homes that would be protected.

For celeb homes not protected under the existing law ... we're told authorities are working to draft new legislation aimed at protecting all private residences from drones.



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Does that mean we aren't doing the whole drones delivering pizza thing? Dang I was looking forward to that. Boogers. :(

38 days ago

I just wanted to comment    

Forget about celebs, what about us? We don't want drones, PERIOD.

38 days ago


LAPD and Prosecutors don't make the laws that regulate drones so that paragraph up there is a little awkward.

38 days ago


if harvey could, he would personaly operate a drone, capture a death of a celebrity, and live stream it, all for click and traffic. rest of the reject staff minions, drug users, hipsters, ugly chicks, white trash fat slobs and a black guy with a fake rollex would hep

38 days ago


OMG. The sky is falling! Call Orson Wells! Cops (especially short ones) never like as taste of their own medicine.

38 days ago

Black Adam    

What are they going to make a law against next, the use of Stilts!?

38 days ago

Cranberry Bauce    

Drones aren't going anywhere and are here to stay. In 2015, the FAA will be passing rules and regulations regarding Amazon's new delivery system via drones. This will impact all use of drones including private, personal use versus commercial use. However, it is difficult to foresee how this future drone air traffic law will be easily and readily enforced.

38 days ago


They don't deserve protection

38 days ago


The cops are ****ting them selfs cause they know they are all bad cops now they trying to say they are protecting celebs thats BS they are trying to watch their own ass like they always say if you got nothing to hide you got nothing to be scared of

38 days ago


The LAMC code stated by the cop specifically states city owned property controlled by the harbor department. That beans only the port area. That doesn't even include Cabrillo Beach, which is owned by the County. This section won't even cover the LAPD Harbor division station. Looks like any cops that though they had one over were wrong. Time to keep digging.

38 days ago

Old School Reality    

Ohh Thank God celebrities could be protected...All is good in the world again

38 days ago


Amazon won't like the ban. They want to deliver with drones. They might spend big bucks fighting a drone ban.

38 days ago


This is stupid. You should not expect privacy in public places. Are they going to ban balloons and kites too? You can put cameras on those. You can put a camera on a soccer ball and kick it into someones yard. Any law against that?

38 days ago


Oh God,
I hope nobody ever flys a drone over the Levin/Mauer
backyard when there having "fun" in the spa.

38 days ago


I am willing to bet if this goes before a Judge, the Judge will call the Law Unconstitutional. The Celebrities should look into buying the Airspace above there Properties.

38 days ago
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