The air force said it was investigating after it was exposed that it was using surveillance aircraft to monitor protesters

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 The air force said it was investigating after it was exposed that it was using surveillance aircraft to monitor protesters


U.S.A Military.com According to the website on June 19, the investigation will mainly focus on whether the Air Force National Guard has sent rc-26 reconnaissance aircraft to fly over Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis for many times, and transfer the collected information to local law enforcement departments.

US Air Force rc-26 reconnaissance aircraft

U.S. Air Force spokesman Patrick Ryder said the Secretary of the air force launched the investigation after consultation with the Secretary of defense, but given the investigation is ongoing, no further details will be disclosed.

According to the New York Times, the investigation was driven by some lawmakers who worried that military equipment was used to monitor protesters. According to the report, the West Virginia Air Force National Guard launched an rc-26 reconnaissance aircraft on June 2 to monitor the protesters. Witnesses saw the aircraft hovering over the capital, Washington, D.C., for several hours. In addition, reconnaissance aircraft from the Arkansas and Wisconsin Air Force National Guard also appeared over Minneapolis earlier this month.

Adam kinzinger, a pilot of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, told the New York Times that he had carried out two missions over Minneapolis, and the camera equipment of the plane was used to shoot protesters, but due to lack of clarity, the detection equipment on the plane could not recognize faces and record license plate numbers.

We will not collect information about protesters, including call data, and will not analyze any data. He said.

On May 25, after the death of an unarmed 46 year old African American, George Freud, in police custody in Minneapolis, a large-scale protest against police brutality and racism broke out across the country.

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