During the protest, we entered the Moakley courthouse to to document what the petition being handed in with our video cameras.
As soon as we entered, we were approached by two men who appeared to be with the Federal Protective Service, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. They told us that we would either have to leave the building or shut our cameras off.
When Andrew asked if there was a law prohibiting video-recording, one of the men responded by threatening us.
"Yes, it is [a law]. If you want me to charge you with it, I will," he said.
We exited the lobby of the building as instructed. While we were still in the entrance, we asked for the names of the two men who had ejected us from the building. Neither of them told us, but one of them began shoving Maya until we had left the entrance.
When we entered the building, it was our understanding that we were prohibited from recording inside a federal courtroom, but we were unsure of whether or not we could record in other parts of the building such as the lobby.
There was a Federal Protective Service officer standing outside the building who appeared to see us as we entered, but he made no attempt to stop us.
There were no signs on the outside of the court building indicating that cameras were not allowed inside. The website for the building does not mention the camera policy either.
The Department of Homeland Security website states that "Except where security regulations, rules, orders, or directives apply or a Federal court order or rule prohibits it, persons entering in or on Federal property may take photographs of... [b]uilding entrances, lobbies, foyers, corridors, or auditoriums for news purposes" which contradicts the claims of the officer who stated that we were prohibited by law from recording inside the courthouse.
After we had left the building, we asked the Federal Protective Service officer who was standing near the entrance if he could give us the names of the two men who had ejected us from the building. He claimed that he didn't know who they were and he refused to enter the building and ask them for us. Maya asked him why cameras were prohibited from the courthouse, but all he said was "No comment."
Later, we saw the two men who ejected us standing outside near the entrance to the building and we again asked them for their names.
The individual who threatened to arrest Andrew identified himself as Commander Palmer. When asked what his first name was, he claimed it was "Commander."
The individual who pushed Maya refused to provide his name.
Neither of the men were wearing name tags or badges.