However, in this video (extended version here), the first law enforcement officer we see begins with a belligerent demand not to be filmed, lying that it is a federal offense. Further, when he doesn’t get his way with persuasion and reason, as any normal peaceful person has to resort to, he thinks he has the prerogative to attempt to steal one of our cameras unsuccessfully. Police stealing property when they don’t get their way is rather common, as evidenced by this video.
When we completely rationally decide to inform him that this aggression is unwelcome, as you would be unwelcome from any other stranger on the streets, he calls in more goons for his defense at stopping a lawful activity.
One officer who responded and identified himself was doing his best to diffuses this extremely tense situation with respect, courtesy, and understanding. It was him that eventually called his officers back.
As more law enforcement agents began to attempt to surround us and pincer us into a more vulnerable position, even with one officer disbanding the others, we had no choice but to make it clear that we feel threatened by the aggressions for our perfectly peaceful actions of filming. Some of these officers, realizing they have no legal avenue to pursue us for the cameras or the guns, they overtly lie and attempt to claim that the public sidewalk we are standing on is the property of the church behind us, so that they could gets approval from the church manager to arrest us for trespassing.
Unfortunately, the US Border Patrol had a difference plan for the peaceful travelers just trying to get through. We had never intended to cause a disturbance, because our actions rarely do, but the police and border patrol themselves decided to cause a disturbance based on their emotional reaction to perfectly moral and lawful activities.
As stated very clearly in the video, we could not stand to see so many innocent, peaceful Travelers being supremely inconvenienced by law enforcement agents stepping beyond their bounds.