MPD issues warning after officers shine spotlights at Chopper 5

MPD officers warned after shining lights at passing aircraft

Memphis police officers received a memo warning them not to shine bright lights at aircraft. It was sent just days after officers shined a spotlight at Chopper 5.

"It was right over there," said Gerald Cesar, who remembers seeing images of a nearby crime scene from Chopper 5 while watching WMC Action News 5. "It is dangerous, you know, because you could crash ... Something could happen. You could lose control and hit one of these houses."

Memphis Police Department agrees.

In a memo to officers, the department called that type of behavior "extremely dangerous" and, without a specific law enforcement purpose, illegal.

Federal regulations prohibit interfering, threatening, or intimidating crew members performing their assigned duties.

MPD is checking to see whether the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

"It wasn't right. it wasn't right," said Alice Hancock, who added that the exclusive video from Chopper 5 helped her know what was happening in her neighborhood. "I mean the public, we have a right to see what's going on."

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