NYPD Sending Counter-Drone Team To U.S. Open ... No Fly Zone

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The U.S. Open has a 'Rona problem and a Drone-a problem -- meaning there's concern about unmannned aircrafts infiltrating the tennis tournament ... and the NYPD is on the case.

With the U.S. Open set to go down in New York on Aug. 31, organizers have already said no fans will be allowed to attend the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sources tell TMZ Sports ... law enforcement is now anticipating an uptick in drone activity around Flushing Meadows from both journalists and fans trying to get a bird's-eye shot of the action.

We're told ... there are concerns about athlete safety and also the possibility of drones creating distractions during tournament play that could affect the event.

The NYPD tells us they will "have a counter-drone team" at the event to keep watch for anyone who violates drone laws.

"Drones are illegal over New York City and anyone using one needs to basically have a pilot's license and a flight plan," an NYPD spokesperson tells TMZ Sports.

So, how will cops catch the drone violators? We're told the NYPD will use sensors that can detect signals from drones and the handheld devices that control them.

If caught, illegal drone operators could face stiff penalties -- especially if an out-of-control drone strikes a person.

Bottom line -- just watch the action on TV.

Cardi B I Didn't Talk to NYPD But Choke Hold Still Happened!!!

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Cardi B's doubling down on her claim NYPD put her in a choke hold, but admits she'll never talk to cops about it ... even to get another cop in trouble.

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper joined Felisha Monet on WEDR 99 Jamz to explain why she dodged a convo with NYPD after claiming one of its officers applied the choke hold last week.

Cardi admits she was "no angel" during an argument with a motorist, which did turn physical -- but says she was shocked when cops showed up and came at her first. NYPD Asst. Commissioner Peter Donald tells TMZ ... the department's "more than willing to take a complaint and discuss the alleged incident" but so far their top-to-bottom review's come up empty.

Donald also notes the timing of the incident, which "allegedly happened around the launch of her new album."

Cardi makes it clear though -- she ain't snitchin'.

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