Agents forced the occupants of the van to exit and submit to an extensive search. They seized the boy’s camera, deleted the pictures, and threatened the minor with imprisonment.
“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” said Jim Fox, Scoutmaster of Troop 111, in an interview with KCCI.
Meanwhile all of the occupants of the van were having their personal belongings shuffled through by federal agents. Hostilities peaked when one scout reached for his luggage without permission.
“[The boy] 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,” Mr. Fox recalled.