Good news for drone operators. A memo was distributed to Miami-Dade Police clarifying the use and enforcement of drones by civilians. The take away line:
MDPD officers cannot use FAA regulations as a basis to stop, search, or seize drone owners/operators or the drones themselves.
The FAA governs rules, regulations, and enforcement of drones, which you can find here. The memo goes on to clarify that if you fly like an asshole, are drunk, cause property damage, or use the drone as part of a crime, then you can be charged.
For those unfamiliar with the geography of Miami, this memo pertains to Miami-Dade Police, whose jurisdiction is the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County. This doesn’t pertain to the City of Miami or Miami Beach, but hopefully they’ll adopt similar policies.