JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation intended to restrict use of aircraft for surveillance of people, farms and homes.
Law enforcement officials could use manned aircraft or unmanned aerial drones to gather evidence if they have a warrant or to prevent immediate danger. Journalists and news organizations would be barred from using unmanned aircraft for surveillance unless they have permission from the property owner.
Thursday's 87-66 House vote sends the bill to the Senate.
Supporters say the legislation seeks to protect privacy rights and prevent unwanted surveillance. Opponents said Thursday that the measure could hamper law enforcement.
Police a looking for a suspicious vehicle that a 14-year-girl says followed her for several blocks after school Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at Pontiac School in Fairview Heights. The girl reported seeing 4 or 5 black males inside a red Dodge Magnum Wagon or a similar style vehicle. She says one of occupants asked her to get inside, and when she when declined, the SUV continued to follow her. One of the males reportedly tried getting out of the SUV when the girl started running. Anyone with information on the vehicle or the incident is asked to call the Fairview Heights police department.
St. Louis County police are assisting Kinloch police after a man was found murdered Wednesday night. Kinloch authorities were called around 8:00 by a man who reported hearing gun shots. When police arrived they found the body of a black male in his 20s outside a business near Gregory Drive and Mable Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.