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Hollywood filmmakers won’t have to go overseas to use drones any more. The FAA has given six companies permission to get aerial shots with small, unmanned aircraft for productions here in the US. There will be conditions. Will they allow sweeping panoramas that might include your apartment?

Also, an officer’s beating of a mentally ill woman on a busy freeway will cost the CHP $1,500,000—and the cop is out of a job. Is that enough punishment? Is this likely to happen again?

Banner Image: Drone mounted with a GoPro camera; Credit: Don McCullough

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Claire Martin

CHP Reaches $1.5M Settlement with Woman Beat by Officer 10 MIN, 13 SEC

it’s hard to forget the video of a California Highway Patrol officer beating a woman into the ground on the shoulder of Interstate 10 on July 1st of this year. Today, the CHP announced that a settlement has been reached for $1,500,000. The money will go to a lifetime trust for 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, who’s been diagnosed as bipolar and was reportedly off her medication. The officer, Daniel Andrew, is resigning. Pinnock’s attorney said that satisfies the two goals she set for a lawsuit against the CHP. Civil rights organizers say that’s not enough.

WARNING: The video below contains violence.

Guests:
Najee Ali, National Action Network (@NajeeAli)
Rusty Selix, Mental Health Association in California

Hollywood's Got Drones 11 MIN, 47 SEC

Unmanned drones mounted with cameras are just what a movie director asked for. But, until today, they’ve had to go overseas, because the FAA has prohibited the commercial use of drones except for an oil company in Alaska. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a “significant milestone”—permits for six movie and TV companies to use them under certain conditions.

Guests:
Alan Levin, Bloomberg News (@AlanLevin1)
Haik Gazarian, Flying-Cam (@haikg)

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