The FBI has acknowledged that it sent aircraft into the sky to watch over rioting in Baltimore.
The news comes after numerous sightings of aircraft over the city.
The FBI told the Baltimore Sun that the aircraft was intended to monitor criminal activity.
“The aircraft were specifically used to assist in providing high-altitude observation of potential criminal activity to enable rapid response by police officers on the ground,” Amy Thoreson, an FBI spokeswoman, said. “The FBI aircraft were not there to monitor lawfully protected first amendment activity.”
The ACLU was not happy and filed a request for records for more information.
“These are not your parents’ surveillance aircraft,” said Jay Stanley, an ACLU analyst. “Today planes can carry new surveillance technologies, like cell phone trackers and high resolution cameras that can follow the movements of many people at once.
“These are not the kinds of things that law enforcement should be using in secret.”