Brooklyn resident points green laser at NYPD helicopter from apartment building roof, briefly blinding pilot

26 days ago

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A New York man is behind bars after authorities said that he pointed a green laser at a police helicopter on Tuesday, briefly blinding the pilot.

The acts of James Dowling, 42, nearly caused a tragedy after he stepped up to the Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses rooftop and flashed the light at the aircraft.

The incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. as two NYPD helicopters monitored Black Lives Matter protests over George Floyd’s murder in lower Manhattan.

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  • Dowling has no mental health issues records and his motives are unclear at this moment, police said.

    He was charged with reckless endangerment, directing a laser at an aircraft, and trespass for being on the roof of the Columbia St. NYCHA building.

    Pointing a laser at aircrafts causes pilots to lose control of the engine, disorients them, and sometimes harms their eyes.

    Since Jan. 1, more than 2,034 similar incidents were reported nationwide.