The FAA has declared a no fly zone in the airspace over Ferguson, Missouri where Michael Brown, a black teen, was shot to death by a police officer Saturday night as he and a friend walked on the street near his grandmother’s home.
The order restricts aircraft other than those taking off from or landing at the St. Louis airport and official aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet over the area, the order was issued after a police helicopter was fired on “multiple times” during civil disorder on Sunday.
The restrictions apply to all news helicopters and private aircraft in an area within a three mile radius of the town and is intended to “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.”
The FAA provided no further details as to why the St. Louis County Police Department’s made the request, although it is not unusual for police agencies to request such restrictions over zones which they perceive to be potentially dangerous. In this case it will make it more difficult foe news agencies to gather information on what is happening in the area as residents continue to demand answers to Brown’s shooting.
“If you want it, file a FOIA,” said FAA spokesperson Elizabeth Cory told Time magazine in response to a request for more information on the request from the police department.
Brown’s companion at the time of the shooting has said that Brown had his hands in the air and was attempting to surrender when a Ferguson police officer fired multiple shots killing him.
“If we feel that order is restored we can request an early termination,” police spokesman Bryan Schellman told Time.
h/t: Daily Kos