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Border Patrol agents hold Iowa Boy Scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:06 AM
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A Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him,KCCI-TV reported.

The incident reportedly took place while members of Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 and volunteers traveling with them were attempting to drive through the border between Canada into Alaska. Troop leader Jim Fox told KCCI that the group was detained and searched after the scout took the picture. The agent allegedly told Fox that the scout had committed a federal offense.

“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox was quoted as saying.


Fox and his troop complied with the agent’s order, but as another scout was unloading luggage from one of the group’s vans, “He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head.”

The troop was released after being detained for four hours, and made it back to Iowa this past Sunday.

Reason.com reported that federal regulations (PDF) allow for non-commercial photographs of federal facilities “only with written permission of an authorized official of the occupying agency concerned.” But according to the American Civil Liberties Union, federal buildings and police in plain view fall under the definition of “public spaces,” and can therefore be photographed when someone is “lawfully present.”

“There is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply,” the ACLU wrote in a guide about public photography rights updated earlier this month.

by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:06 AM
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LuvmyAiden
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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Welcome to the America of the future, the police state. We were promised change and we certainly got it!

JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:51 AM
Geez...
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jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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Considering the Obama Admin wouldn't let Congressmen take photos...  I am not surprised this happened. 

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Given the current situation at the border why would a field trip be taken there. Not that it excuses the agents behavior.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Out of control

AmberKS
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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Quoting latashac:

Given the current situation at the border why would a field trip be taken there. Not that it excuses the agents behavior.

So exactly what situation is there at the Canadian/Alaskan boarder?

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Oops I missed that part. I just assumed they meant the other border.

In that case, the agent should be fired. But in his defense how was he to know it wasn't one of those gang bangin CA kids in disguise??

Quoting AmberKS:

Quoting latashac:

Given the current situation at the border why would a field trip be taken there. Not that it excuses the agents behavior.

So exactly what situation is there at the Canadian/Alaskan boarder?

 

oddgirl
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I just went on vacation to Alaska last month with my family.  We took a sightseeing train ride into the Yukon and had to cross the border into Canada at which point the train stopped and the crew came through the cars and told us not to take pictures because the border patrol didn't like that and they would take our cameras.  Guess they were understating the consequences. 


Della529
by Matlock on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM
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It's only going to get worse.  Thank you Patriot Act!

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM
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If the law specifies no photographs of federal buildings, then they shouldn't have been taking pictures. But holding kids at gun point was beyond overkill.
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