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Iowa Boy Scout Troop detained at U.S.-Canada border over a photo

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Iowa Boy Scout Troop detained at U.S.-Canada border over a photo

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 25, 2014

A group of Boy Scouts from central Iowa faced a scary situation at the U.S.-Canadian border recently while returning home from a camping trip. After one of the boys in Troop 111 snapped an apparently prohibited picture of a U.S. officer working the border checkpoint, he allegedly got a loaded gun pointed at his head in response.

The boys and their adult Troop leader, Jim Fox, were returning from a thee-week camping trip in Canada and Alaska when the incident occurred.
 
Fox tells KCCI Des Moines, Iowa, he was told that taking the photo is a federal offense. 
 
"The agent immediately confiscated [the Scout’s] camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000, and [receive] 10 years in prison," Fox said. The van caring the Troop, and every Boy Scout on board was then searched. The photo was later deleted.
 
“Volunteers with the Scout convoy said the officer pointed a loaded gun at one of the Scouts after he reached for his suitcase without authorization,” KCCI reports.
 
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol disputes claims by the Scout volunteers that the child was held at gunpoint. It released the following statement to KCCI on Wednesday.
 
"CBP's review of this group's inspection, including video footage review, indicates that our officer did not un-holster or handle his weapon as stated in the allegation. The review revealed nothing out of the ordinary. We have reached out to the Boy Scout troop for additional information in reference to the allegation. The video footage has been referred to CBP Internal Affairs for further review."
 
It is unclear how old the campers were. Also unclear is whether signs were posted at the checkpoint prohibiting photography.
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.