WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Chris Brown craziness continues in D.C.
Some rank and file deputy U.S. Marshals are saying the chaos outside the courthouse during the celebrity singer's appearance on an assault charge was an "embarrassment" and a "debacle" for the Marshal's Service.
One marshal got physical with a reporter and photographer. The Marshals Service is now conducting an after action review.
It was a perhaps unprecedented show of force by deputy marshals outside Superior Court.A phalanx of armed deputies in plain clothes and in military-style garb, some with their faces covered, converged to escort a celebrity accused of assault across a public sidewalk.
"Get back. Go back," one yelled.
Sources say it's a deputy marshal named Aaron Ward who shoved NBC4's Mark Seagraves once... and then came back and wrapped his arm around Seagraves and pushed him again. "Get back, don't follow him!" Ward screamed as he manhandled Seagraves.
Before that, Wardgrabbed WUSA9 photographer Victor Clemman by his camera arm and shoved him."My thought was, 'Oh my God, this guy grabbed me by the arm and pushed me out of the way,'" says Clemman. "I'm in a public place. I just continued doing my job and got the shot."
Neither Seagraves nor Clemman have filed formal complaints.
The Executive Director of the National Capital ACLU says it looks pretty clearly like excessive force. "I've never seen it before either, marshals acting in such a forceful way to clear a space for an ordinary person. This was not the President of the United States."
There are plenty of other questions too. Was it really necessary for the marshals to deploy more than a dozen deputies in military gear to escort a celebrity?Is it policy to allow deputies to cover their faces and refuse to provide their names?
Plenty of ordinary people at the courthouse thought the way the deputy marshals behavedaround superstar Chris Brown was strange. "He's just a regular person. He's a criminal. He don't need to have security like that," said one man who didn't want to give his name after witnessing the chaos.
There's a rule at the courthouse that photographers are not permitted past the bollards and onto the plaza.There's no evidence any of them broke that rule or intended to break the rule.
A spokesman for the Marshal Service insists deputies were "not escorting Chris Brown," but merely "ensuring his safety."
As for grabbing the reporter, spokesman and deputy marshal Dave Neumann says if a deputy feels safety is compromised, "the deputy may redirect the threat."