Two Detained After Dumping Tea Bags at Federal Courthouse

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Security officers at the federal courthouse in Springfield on Monday detained a couple of men who reportedly dumped tea bags on the property as part of a nationwide protest.

Don Ledford, spokesman for the Missouri Western District U.S. Attorney, said officers took the two men inside the court building and talked with them, but there were no arrests.

The men were responding to a call by a group calling itself the 3 Percenters, who are objecting to the way a Nevada judge has handled the case against one of the men arrested in connection with a 2014 standoff on federal property between the Cliven Bundy family and federal authorities.

The dispute developed after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ordered Bundy to remove his cattle from federal lands and in 2014 obtained a court order to seize his cattle as payment for more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

Parker was one of hundreds of people who flocked to the Bundy ranch north of Las Vegas to join the standoff, claiming that the federal government abused its authority in attempting to force the Bundy family to pay the fees or forfeit their herd of cattle for failure to do so.

Ledford said the Springfield courthouse was the only federal facility in Missouri where the call to protest was manifest. No incidents were reported at courthouses in St. Louis or Kansas City.

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