A predator drone was used to hunt down the Brossart’s, a North Dakota family who allegedly wouldn’t give back three cows and their calves that wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm this summer.
Yes, a Predator Drone was used to find a bunch of lost cows. The same kind of drone used during the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.
The type of drone used to find the lost cattle.
The Brossarts are the first known American citizens subjected to Predator Drones that the federal government has made available to some local sheriffs and police chiefs – all without Congressional approval or search warrants.
Local authorities say the Brossarts are known for being armed, anti-government separatists whose sprawling farm is used as a compound.
When the cattle wandered onto the Brossarts’ land, Sheriff Kelly Janke, who patrols a county of just 3,000 people, rounded up some sheriff’s deputies and arrested Brossart for failing to report the stray livestock.
When cops returned to collect the lost cattle, three of Brossart’s sons (Alex, Jacob and Thomas) confronted Sheriff Janke with rifles and shotguns and would not allow officers on the farm, saying the unregulated use of the drones is intrusive.
That’s when the sheriff summoned a $154 million MQ-9 Predator B drone from nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base, where it was patrolling the US-Canada border for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Using a handheld device that picked up the video camera footage from the spy plane, Sheriff Janke was able to watch the movements of everyone on the farm.
During an 16-hour standoff, the sheriff and his deputies waited until they could see the remaining Brossarts put down their weapons. Then, dressed in SWAT gear, they stormed the compound and arrested the three Brossart sons. No shots were fired.
Susan Brossart, the matriarch of the clan, was later arrested, as well.
Police also recovered the cattle, valued at $6,000.