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Aug. 5, 2016 10:39 am

The FBI released surveillance plane footage of the Freddie Gray protests

It's 18 hours of footage from the week after the riots. Perhaps the most interesting bit: the appearance of drones suggest that more surveillance video could be out there.
FBI aerial surveillance of a peaceful protest on May 3, 2015.

FBI aerial surveillance of a peaceful protest on May 3, 2015.

(Image via FBI)

The FBI came clean about flying surveillance planes over last year’s protests following Freddie Gray’s death, and now the public can see what they were watching.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the ACLU and Baltimore Sun, the FBI released 18 hours of surveillance video of the protests.

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Curfew at Penn and North on April 29, 2015. (Image via FBI surveillance)

Curfew at Penn and North on April 29, 2015. (Image via FBI surveillance)

The footage was recorded from April 29-May 3, 2015. At that point, the destruction and looting of April 25 and 27 had dissipated, and the city was under curfew. But peaceful protest marches continued, and police (and TV cameras) gathered nightly at Penn and North to ensure that everyone went home.

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The videos show surveillance of protest marches, and scenes of curfew in the area. The footage captures all of that, but sometimes the planes are also just hovering above the streets. The footage alternates between color and infrared, but landmarks such as the CVS or Man-Woman Statue outside Penn Station still make it clear where they are.

It appears the planes were flying high above the city, but the video technology gave them the capability of zooming in on individual people and cars.

It also appears that the airspace above Baltimore was crowded. On “numerous occasions,” the ACLU notes drones appear in the frame of view. While the web of front companies the FBI used to disguise the flights was untangled by citizens, groups like the ACLU and reporters, the appearance of the drones suggest that more surveillance footage could be out there.

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