- Mayor Tom Henry
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry: Sign a Drone Free Zone Resolution
Cities and states across the country are passing drone free legislation because the Federal government has failed to do so. Unless such legislation is passed, drones could be flying over our city collecting information on our citizens, monitoring cell phones, and violating our civil liberties.
We, the undersigned, are asking Mayor Henry to sign a Resolution banning drones, similar to the one shown below:
Authorizing the City of Fort Wayne to Establish a Moratorium on the Use of Unregulated Drone Technology
WHEREAS, the implementation of drone (unmanned aerial system) technology in the United States implicates the privacy and constitutional rights of United States residents, including the residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and
WHEREAS, the federal government and the State of Indiana have yet to enact reasonable regulation on the use of drones within the United States; and
WHEREAS, police departments in the United States have begun to deploy drone technology absent any regulation on the appropriate use of such technology, although the Fort Wayne Police Department, as yet, has not.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF FORT WAYNE, ALLEN COUNTY, STATE OF INDIANA, THAT:
SECTION 1: That the foregoing recitals are hereby found as fact and incorporated herein by reference.
SECTION 2: The City of Fort Wayne establishes a moratorium on the use of drones in the City of Fort Wayne in the absence of reasonable state and federal regulation of the use of drone technology which will expire without further action by the City Council two years from the date of this resolution; and
SECTION 3: The City of Fort Wayne supports efforts in the Indiana General Assembly, the Indiana Senate, and the United States Congress to enact legislation (1) prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a federal or state court, and (2) precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices (meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being.
SECTION 4: Copies of this Resolution will be sent to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, U.S. Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly, U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman, and Indiana State Senator David Long,
SECTION 5: This resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of its passage and approval in the manner provided by law.