Army Master Sgt C J Grisham, a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, on a Boy Scout hike with his 15 year old son, on March 16, 2013, was arrested by members of the Temple Police Department alongside a country road. The officers accused him of "rudely displaying" a firearm. The arms in question? An AR-15 rifle and a .45 caliber pistol.
Graham and his son's hike was a 10 mile stretch through a rural area that has a high population of cougars and wild boars. He held all the proper permits to carry his weapons, but that was not enough for some tyrannical police officers.
Graham was charged with resisting arrest, but they will have a hard time proving that since Grisham's son caught the entire incident on video. Police later reduced the charges to interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty which is a class B misdemeanor. Sounds to me as though the "peace" officer was interfering with a peaceful, law abiding citizen.
"I'm still frankly and honestly 100 percent confused about what I'm being charged with," Grisham said.
His attorney Kurt Glass said, "This was not a populated area. SGT Grisham was not threatening anyone."
According to Fox News,
Grisham, who is a "huge Constitutionalist," then asked the officer if he cared what the law is.
"The easy wrong would have been to surrender my rights and allow the cops to disarm me," he said. "That's the easy wrong to me. The hard right is putting ourselves on the line knowing that something could happen."
Grisham told Fox News he plans on fighting the charges and suing the police department for what he considered to be an illegal arrest and violating his Constitutional rights.
"For the first time in my life, I had to sit in jail," he said. "I've never been in jail — never been accused of a crime. I was treated like a street thug."
While the police department claims they requested the weapons to inspect them and that Grisham refused, Grisham's lawyer said, "We believe that SGT Grisham complied with police officers' request and was still arrested."
But that's not all. At some point the officer drew his weapon on Grisham and called for backup. Once backup arrived they cuffed Grisham, took his rifle, concealed weapon, which had a valid permit, and hauled him off to jail.
"An officer has a right to disarm you for his safety if there is a problem, and what we're maintaining is that there was no problem," Glass said.
Temple Police argue that there was a problem and the officer disarmed Grisham to ensure his own safety.
CPL Chris Wilcox said, "Officers are people too. They have families, they want to go home and see those families. It would be very difficult for an officer to determine immediately who's a threat and who's not a threat when there's a gun involved, especially a high powered weapon, like an assault rifle."
Mr. Wilcox doesn't address the fact that Mr. Grisham was doing nothing unlawful by carrying his rifle. By definition, he was not a threat and should never have been stopped.
"The actions of the individual are what led to the arrest. If he feels that the officer acted inappropriately or acted in error, there is a judicial process that he's free to follow," Wilcox said.
In Sec. 411.207, state law says, "A peace officer who is acting in the lawful discharge of the officer's official duties may disarm a license holder at any time the officer reasonably believes it is necessary for the protection of the license holder, officer, or another individual. The peace officer shall return the handgun to the license holder before discharging the license holder from the scene if the officer determines that the license holder is not a threat to the officer, license holder, or another individual and if the license holder has not violated any provision of this subchapter or committed any other violation that results in the arrest of the license holder."
State law says, "If a peace officer arrests and takes into custody a license holder who is carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter, the officer shall seize the license holder's handgun and license as evidence," in Sec. 411.206.
Grisham is a well-known military blogger, who describes himself as "an opinionated soldier who tells it like he sees it." He has served in the military for eighteen years and has been awarded the "Bronze Star with V device, Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and many other pieces of flair he doesn’t want to brag about." He was even blogged about his dealing with PTSD by Michelle Malkin back in 2009.
Neither of these seem to apply as Grisham was never a threat, nor were the officers in any danger.
The charges could not only end Grisham's military career, but they carry fines of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail.
See for yourself whether these "law enforcement" officers actually know what the law is and how to enforce it in these videos taken by Grisham's son Chris. Notice that in the very second video the officer tells Grisham that a person with a firearm is dangerous! So I think it's safe to assume these two officers were seriously dangerous since both were armed. Then notice in the third video that the officer seems to not care what the law is, but is more interested in the fact that people who called to report Grisham don't care what the law is.
Are you outraged America? Give the Temple Police an earful and demand they drop all charges against Mr. Grisham. Here's their contact information.
209 E Avenue A, Temple, TX
209 E Avenue A, Temple, TX
105 S 5th St, Temple, TX
UPDATE: Tuesday night, April 16, 2013, Army Master Sgt C J Grisham will be a guest with Jim and Tim on Freedom Fighter Radio at 5:00 EST. Plan to tune in.
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