Video: Drone Operators Fly Through Skid Row And Get Themselves In A Little Trouble
Some drone operators learned a little lesson about visiting Skid Row after dark when they decided to do an aerial shoot in the neighborhood. Skyecam, a "Los Angeles based Aerial Drone Video and Photography Service," went for a little joy-flight through Skid Row and uploaded what transpired to YouTube.
The video starts with the drone operators being pulled over by the cops, and the conversation that ensues serves as the voiceover for the flight that spans about a city block and describes what went down. The flight starts at the corner of 5th Street and San Pedro Street, and cruises through the heart of Skid Row late at night. The drone turns a corner on San Julian Street, past the Skid Row map mural, and touches down at the corner of 6th Street and San Julian. It is then you see some people across the street make a mad dash for the drone and the Skyecam operators.
"Every corner is controlled by somebody," says the cop in the voiceover. As he explains, the street hustlers and gangs don't take kindly towards drones flying by and filming what they're up to. "You just can't go into a neighborhood, or let alone a block, and just start filming."
It appears as if the guys from Skyecam caught a lucky break. The cops that pulled them over just happened to be in the right place at the right time to prevent things from getting really hairy.