Border Official Points Gun... at Boy Scout: Troop Leader
Another scout gets threatened with 10 years in prison
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2014 12:32 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A couple weeks ago, a US border patrol official held a gun to the head of ... a Boy Scout. A troop leader explains what happened now that the scouts and adult volunteers from Mid-Iowa Scout Troop 111 have returned from their 23-day trip: Ten days into the trip, their four vans attempted to cross from Canada into Alaska. One scout made an innocent error: He snapped a photo of a US border official. Troop Leader Jim Fox tells KCCI that officials detained everyone in that van and searched them and their luggage, and one agent confiscated the boy's camera, telling him "he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison." But it didn’t end there.

When another scout removed some luggage to comply with the search, Fox says the boy heard "a snap of a holster, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head.” No one was ultimately hurt or arrested—just scared—and after a four-hour ordeal, the group was allowed to enter Alaska. A Boy Scout official says the scouts learned an important lesson about being a "good citizen" and following rules. But as for that cited rule against photographing federal agents? It’s not exactly true. According to, the American Civil Liberties Union says that photographing "things that are plainly visible from public spaces," including government officials, "is a constitutional right." (In other border news, a certain Texas governor plans to deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen to the southern one.)

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Christopher Jay Campbell
Jul 24, 2014 10:36 PM CDT
Photography is not a crime! Bullying, threatening people with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to deprive American citizens of their civil rights are all crimes. This BP agent should be rotting in prison with plenty of time to think about his actions. His job is to protect American children, not point guns at them. He took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. He violated that oath. In my book, that makes him lower than pond scum.
Jul 24, 2014 8:59 PM CDT
Yes that Boy Scout looked like real trouble. Makes you wonder about the Border Patrol agent.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 24, 2014 8:04 PM CDT
You can read some very bad things about the northern border patrol agents. The sad part is that the north border is very porous with lakes, forests, and mountain ranges. You can easily pass back and forth without even going through any checkpoints. Terror groups know this and would rarely if ever use a checkpoint. Meanwhile the jack stepping border nazis are well known for shaking down tourists for beer, drugs, and cash.