The New York Police Department arrested self-described street artist Essam Attia, 29, for planting faux NYPD ads across the Big Apple on Wednesday, according to New York Daily News. The ads, satirical in nature, depict the silhouette of a military drone dropping bombs on fleeing civilians accompanied by the text "Drones: Protection When You Least Expect It."
The purpose was to foster conversation over the use of drones by domestic law enforcement, Attia claimed in an interview with ANIMAL New York. New York City officials have discussed the possibility of adapting drones to patrol the city earlier in the year, according to CBS New York.
Attia was slapped with "56 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument," grand larceny possession of stolen property, and possession of an unloaded .22-caliber revolver, according to the New York Daily News. ANIMAL reports Attia's revolver is a 120-year-old antique.
ANIMAL promoted a feature article and video on Attia and his posters in late September. The New York Daily News credit the website as unintentionally providing the NYPD with Attia's identity, despite its efforts to protect him.Via New York Daily News