Woman Violently Attacks Photographer on Beach for Using a Quadcopter

Editor’s Note: This video contains strong language that is not suitable for viewing at work.

We’ve seen our fair share of photographers being harassed by people who would rather they not be taking pictures in a public space. Be it a cop or an angry citizen, the worst it typically gets is the photographer being forced (illegally) to delete the photos he or she has taken.

This particular run in, however, goes far, far beyond that as the upset citizen begins violently assaulting the photographer.

According to Photography Is Not A Crime, the incident took place last month at Hammonasset Beach in Madison, CT between the unnamed photographer and a woman by the name of Andrea Mears. As you can see from the video, Mears, 23, approaches the photographer because she is upset that he is using a “helicopter plane” to take pictures, and when he refused to stop, she promptly calls 911 (three times according to a forum post by the photographer).

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That is all good and well. If the story ended there the police might show up and, if they understand the laws regarding photography in public spaces, explain to Ms. Mears why he is well within his rights. But it doesn’t stop there.

Seconds after she hangs up the phone with the police, she begins to violently, physically assault the photographer. She rips his shirt and hits him repeatedly, all the while cursing at him as she ‘teaches him a lesson’ for flying his UAV at the beach.

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Which brings us to the final, perhaps most troubling part of the story. Fortunately the unnamed photographer had the presence of mind to begin secretly recording the altercation when he saw how aggressive Mears was being, because, according to the video, when the police arrived, she tried to tell them he had assaulted her.

The video evidence cleared his name and kept him from having heinous charges pressed against him. As you can see, it’s obvious who was doing the assaulting.

So obvious, in fact, that once police saw it they arrested Mears, charging her with assault in the third degree and breach of peace in the second degree. She’s scheduled to appear in court on the 19th of this month.


The video, which was uploaded to YouTube by the assaulted photographer, has been taken down, as have all of the mirrors of it that we could find. According to the message that you find if you try to visit the links now, they’ve been removed because the content is “designed to harass, bully or threaten.”

Fortunately the footage is still live on LiveLeak, where it won’t be getting removed anytime soon, so you can still see the whole, troubling incident for yourself at the top of this post.

(via Photography Is Not A Crime via LiveLeak)

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  • Kimski

    The fact that a lot of women probably base their votes on similar irrational conclusions is keeping me awake at nights.
    Just sayin’…

  • Kendall

    You seem to be contradicting yourself. Maybe you meant the police need to file it, since she already issued her report to the police (her phone call). I know realizing you may have been confused, may be confusing for you, but dont let it blow your mind. Cheers.

  • Kendall

    Go ahead, hit a woman who touches you. Let us know how jail was when you get out.

    Actual advice, dont hit a woman and expect to not be arrested and deal with charges, you will. That is how the system works. But dont take my word for it.

  • Kendall

    I laughed when I read “gear”, maybe its old slang, but that means different things to different people.

  • Kendall

    Based on what?

  • csmif

    It wasn’t a woman that I hit, you idiot. Maybe if you actually read my original post, you would have gotten that – “Years ago, A GUY on the street yanked my camera.”

    I don’t hit women. EVER. But if a woman did to me what THAT GUY did, i can assure you i will get her off of me. You just don’t put your hands on people in public like that unless it is in self defense. But i guess you think the behavior of that ANIMAL that attacked the dude with the quadcopter was okay. If ANYONE is going to jail it will be her.

  • csmif

    no, he didn’t. Its a public place and the law protects him. And it DEFINITELY protects him from assault

  • Kendall

    Slow down turbo! You are quickly making many unfounded (and false) assumptions. I did not (ever) say you hit a woman. In fact my whole comment would be pointless if you had (since you never mention being arrested, or even dealing with the police). Please do go ahead and reread it. I am sorry my comment was so confusing.

    Also, I did read (and comprehend) what you said. You chose to present how you handled a guy grabbing your camera. If that guy happened to be a woman (same or larger in size) you would not have hit? You dont think there is a woman that can pose a threat to you? If yes, you may be mistaken, but I can not be the one to check your ego (only you can). Unless you just represent women who pose a threat as animals? If so is that not sexist? Do you hit “ANIMAL(s)”? Are men that pose a threat to you just men, or are they animals too (if the second, at least your consistent).

    As far as the final comment, you do realize without the video, there is nothing that would confirm that, his account of the events state that police were hostile to him until he shared the video with them. Which is silly considering he was the one with the torn shirt, and marks on his body.

  • csmif

    Jesus, you really are an idiot. I am done.

  • Kendall

    Im not the one thats confused. Best of luck to you.