No guns drawn in Boy Scout incident

Inspector General investigation began after July incident with Iowa troop

(The Gazette)
(The Gazette)

A nearly monthlong investigation about an incident between Boy Scouts from Grimes, Iowa, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers is coming to a close.

Robert Hopper, scout executive for the Mid-Iowa Council for Boy Scouts of America, said the investigation concluded no guns were drawn while the scouts crossed the border.

“I think it's just an unfortunate something that happened and we're all looking forward to moving on,” Hopper said.

Boy Scout Troop 111 crossed the border from Canada to Alaska in the beginning of July, when two scouts claimed they saw a Border Protection officer draw his gun.

The incident gained national attention shortly after.

The Office of Inspector General, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, investigated the incident.

Representatives from border protection and the Office of Inspector General met with Boy Scout leaders in Des Moines on July 30 and 31 to get statements and review border security tapes.

Public affairs for the Office of Inspector General said a statement about the investigation would be released August 18.

Hopper said Customs and Border Protection contacted him last week, letting him know they are closing the investigation. He said border protection told him they found no evidence of any border officers drawing a gun. The evidence included four border security cameras and interviews with Alaskan border agents and scout leaders.

Hopper said “they had no other trouble at any other ports and they made it back OK.” He added that he looks forward to focusing on the Boy Scout recruiting season and moving on from the incident.

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