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Offline flowers

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In another clip, the drone is not visible, but the hockey fans can be heard chanting, "We got the drone! We got the drone!" The person who uploaded that video to Facebook included a description that said it showed fans rejoicing after taking down "the LAPD drone that was hovering over the KINGS CHAMPIONSHIP Celebration."

As of this writing, the LAPD has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Business Insider asking whether they lost a drone outside the Staples Center Friday night. Of course, with no official response, it is impossible to confirm whether the drone in the video did indeed belong to the police. However, the LAPD did recently acquire drones.

Late last month, the LAPD announced it was given two "unmanned aerial vehicles" by the Seattle Police Department. The vehicle in the video does not appear to be a Draganflyer X6, which is the model LAPD received from Seattle.

When they announced the gift from Seattle, the department said it wouldn't engage in widespread surveillance with the aerial vehicles and would only employ them for "narrow and prescribed uses" including; hostage situations, barricades, and suspect searches. On June 5, in response to criticism over the department's potential drone usage, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he would seek input from privacy advocates and civil rights groups before deploying the unmanned aerial vehicles.

"We're going to thoroughly vet the public's opinion on the use of the aerial surveillance platforms," Beck said.

Update (11:16 p.m.): Several tipsters have emailed Business Insider suggesting the device in the video is one of the models in the DJI "Phantom" series. These are intended for consumer use. Neither the LAPD or DJI have responded to requests for comment on this story.

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LA sports fans seem to be pretty whacko.

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Some agents in my office are using remote control rotary hobby aircraft for aerial photos of real estate, nearby scenes, etc.

This is do it yourself, in lieu of hiring a professional service.

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