WATCH: Man arrested for “rudely displaying rifle” in front of son reveals his story

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Today, TheBlaze posted the story of a Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham, who was arrested after being accused of “rudely displaying” his gun. Grisham was on a hike with his son in a rural are of Temple, Texas. Grisham, who has a concealed carry permit, was carrying an AR-15 and a .45 caliber pistol when a police officer approached him and ended up placing him under arrest in front of his son. Grisham called into radio today and opened up to Glenn about the incident.

Watch a video of the confrontation below:

Grisham described the incident on YouTube:

“At about the 5 mile mark of our hike, a voice behind us asked us to stop and the officer motioned for us to approach him. He got out of his car and met us a few feet later. He asked us what we were doing and I explained that we were hiking for my son’s merit badge. He then asked me what I’m doing with the rifle, to which I responded in a calm manner, “Does it matter, officer? Am I breaking the law?” “>At about the 5 mile mark of our hike, a voice behind us asked us to stop and the officer motioned for us to approach him. He got out of his car and met us a few feet later. He asked us what we were doing and I explained that we were hiking for my son’s merit badge. He then asked me what I’m doing with the rifle, to which I responded in a calm manner, “Does it matter, officer? Am I breaking the law?”

short statement: “The charge is pending prosecution with the county attorney’s office.”

You can watch the full interview between Glenn and Grisham at the top of the page.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    One more perfect example of a justice system that is out of control and being used to condition people for: “Guns are bad, guns hurt people, we arrest those who have guns, you must give up your guns.”

  • Draxx

    I have served in the Army from 87-95 and left as a Sgt, I served Our Country With Dedication, and if this is the treatment we will receive for serving it is going to Cause A Lot Of Problems…  We as Soldiers Dedicate and Swear to Even Sacrifice Our Lives In The Defence of The Constitution!!!  We Are Not Terrorist!  We Are Not Psycho Conspiracy Theorist!  We Are Not Commiting Treason To Defend The Constitution!  We Are Not Evil For Choosing To Protect Peoples’ Rights!  WE DON’T WANT TO FIGHT WITH ANYBODY, LET ALONE OUR OWN GOV’T…!

    I live in Oregon, but I Do Believe In The Statement, “Don’t Tread On Me!!!”, if I have commited no crime and don’t intend to, then Leave Me Alone! Leave My Good Neighbors Alone!  Leave My Great Country Alone!  Finally, Leave My Constitution Alone!!!

    I live out in the country, when I walk out my door I hear insects chittering in the background, I hear chickens squawking for food, I hear cats meowing for affection, I hear my kids playing outside (without fear of a drive by shooting), I hear tractors in the distance…  Why would I ever need to HEAR a Police Officer Come To My Door and Harass Me For Doing Nothing But Living Quietly Without Hurting Anybody or Anything???

  • Anonymous

    This is a good example of the Southern Poverty Law Center guidelines to all police depts! The narrative is you are veteran you are a threat!

  • Draxx

    They are hoping that the Average Citizen will succumb ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/succumb?s=ts ) to Fear and Intimidation to Willfully Give Up Our Rights In Ignorance…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.randolph1 Kenneth Randolph

    Wow use to be down here in the south if your truck didn’t have a gunrack in it with at least one rifle you were thought weird.Now we cain’t even walk with one on our shoulder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cj.ruddy Cj Ruddy

    BS, I hope he is able to sue that police department for enough to bankrupt the town!

  • Anonymous

    What is amazing to me is that it happened in rural Texas…. I guess the police are getting brainwashed enough by our libtard government that some might not have the ability to think rationally anymore….

  • http://www.facebook.com/gossteresa Teresa Torgerson Goss

    Not all police are like that. Actually most are not like that.

  • Anonymous

    Typical Texas thug with a badge & almost a GED ! But I really don’t see why a guy needed a rifle … Then in Texas, there are a lot of Hogs & snakes .

  • FunkSavage

    …and this is how most people will just hand over their firearms when authorities come for them. Get in the car… bye bye… Poor kid. Officer friendly is taking me away but you can trust him son. They’re the police. Everyone should trust the police who will just take you away when they want to.

  • Anonymous

    NOTICE !
    You didn’t get NO  B.S. today like you did on CNN and FOX Get the BLAZE
    The truth lives here. And the truth has NO Agenda .
                                    1800-996-2529

  • FunkSavage

    He didn’t need a rifle. Who cares? If he wants to carry one, he can carry one… but it’s obvious he was willing to be detained and taken away along with letting his son be taken away by “law enforcement” instead of fight tyrannical government. How is this guy or anyone else “free” if someone “calling” in can get you hauled away in a government vehicle while your son stands there crying and helpless? Scares the hell out of me.

  • The Floorguy

    It is not about justice. It is all about control.

    Police are hired guns. Sheriff’s are elected officials….

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of torn with this incident. I often defend the actions of most police officers because after working shifts where everyone lies to you all day long, tries to run away, resists your efforts to keep the peace and takes pot shots at you occasionally and all you want to do is go home to see your family at the end of the day, I can also see the point of Sgt. Grisham. I surmise this was a gross misunderstanding of procedure with the officers and a slight overreaction on the Grisham’s part though grabbing a gun (not covered in this footage) is only appropriate when threatened, thank God both parties retained a semblance of their respective rationality during the ordeal. I don’t at all understand the arrest for resisting. That should be dropped by all means. It is hard to believe that this happened in Texas, though.

    Coming soon on COPS-New York. 32 oz pop drinker wrestled to the ground and charged with attempted suicide, sentenced to 10 years of electro-shock therapy. That I can believe . . .

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely amazing, especially in Texas.  These out of control cops are the reason many of us don’t trust law enforcement.  I would pursue charges against these thugs and file a lawsuit for unlawful arrest. We can expect more of this type of activity by law enforcement.

  • Anonymous

    I am both a Veteran and a LEO. In my opinion there were several wrongs committed here. 

    The LEO should have for his own safety said something like ” Sir, we have had several complaints by citizens about a man walking down the road with a “scary gun”. I am here to investigate and to see what is going on. You are not under arrest at this time, I am just seeing what is taking place. I would like to secure your weapon and any others till we can figure out this situation.  If you have done nothing illegal, I will then give your property back and you can be on your way. I would have my weapon out but in a non threatening manner, in case the situation does go south, I would at least have a standing chance. At this point things should be calm enough to handle the issue and then send the man and his son down the road with instruction to dispatch that nothing illegal is taking place and let any future callers know this. Its harsh, but whats threatening to some is not threatening to others. (Just seeing a weapon, scares some people to death) City ordinances sometimes cover, brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner. That is what I believe he was charged with. (wouldn’t be my call for sure but)  The 911 calls were from frightened people, although he was doing nothing illegal. ——-Not the smartest thing in the world, to be walking down a public road with an AR-15, in the front, with a tactical sling nonetheless. Common sense should prevail sometimes. This is a unique situation that most LEO’s do not run into regularly. The closest thing is when having a vehicle stopped, there is a handgun. Nothing illegal per-say, just separate the citizen and the weapon for safety only, and run the digits to see if its stolen. Then let them on about their business. I think most people would want this to happen and preent the wrong people from having weapons that they shouldn’t. (Criminals) The LEO didn’t explain anything to the individual about why he was being detained until after the altercation took place. Even then there were excuses. Now the individual never explained he was a Concealed Carry Holder, (which he must do immediately upon being in contact with an officer), until several minutes into the altercation.  Most anywhere the local public driving down the road would or will make many 911 calls pointing out there is a man with a gun walking down the road. The Police have to investigate, which is logical. 

    I think in hindsight the Officer could have easily handled the situation in a much more professional manner. When dealing with non lawbreakers (i.e…Citizens), you should be polite and courteous and even helpful. That is why you do your job in the first place. Please do not put LEO’s into a bad light by this. Not all of us handle situations, such as this, this poorly. I do not think a lawsuit will be won, however I do believe that the charges will be dropped in the end. 

    I hope this sheds some common sense light to this……..

  • Anonymous

    I am planning to move from NYS because of the political, unconstitutional insanity here and the absurd taxation.  people have mentioned Texas as a “good” state.  Texas has enough BIG CITY Liberals to literally ruin the state and THIS is a perfect example!  Right now I am considering S.Dakota, Idaho and Montana

  • http://www.facebook.com/guy.stephenson Guy L. Stephenson

    So this law-abiding citizen out hiking with his son in a rural area of Texas is treated as a criminal by police officers that obviously to not care about the law, nor are they acting in accordance with the law. I hope this lawsuit kicks their ass! What a crock of crap! A police officers wonder why people hate them so much. It’s absolutely shameful, despicable, illegal and anti-American!

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to obama’s free America!

  • http://www.facebook.com/guy.stephenson Guy L. Stephenson

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!

    The Second Amendment WON TODAY! All seven amendments defeated in the
    U.S. Senate. Thank you Senators for defeating these unjust amendments!
    The gun control politicians are still lying, including President Obama.
    The fight for our Second Amendment is not over. We will fight ! Proud
    Member of the N.R.A.

  • Anonymous

    I am a Christian conservative, and I’ve worked in law enforcement.  This guy was out of control.  He showed very little respect and showed way too much bravado.  This could have gone completely different.  He’s a fool.

  • Draxx

    I have been to Nationals in Shooting Competitions, and I know that most responsible gun owners will not threaten people/officers if Treated With Respect (even with a firm tone in their voice), and will Willingly Relinquish Their Firearm in a  Safe Manner if asked to by Law Enforcement.  They know that if they cooperate they should be able to leave with their firearm (sometimes minus ammo), and everybody will end the situation in a Civil Manner…  Being Respectful and Investigating (NOT Accusing) would have been much more preferred in this case! 

    I am glad you posted as many people do not really get the other side of the story…

  • Anonymous

    Better said than I could.  This guy is a telltale example of people who have problems with authority.  He talked himself into the back of that patrol car.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-McGee/1384590590 Dave McGee

    These cops are PIGS! they are not worthy to wear the badges of a public servant! I no longer respect Law Enforcement!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-McGee/1384590590 Dave McGee

    When I see things like this it makes me sick being a former LEO… this is outrageous, and any rationalization to the contrary is sophistry! As a LEO you are to use your judgement and common sense, this office clearly illustrated neither, and to justify him under any circumstance is an insult to our Constitutional rights to be left alone! This kind of stuff sickens me, and the officer and the supervisor are not worthy to wear the badge! There are numerous examples of this kind of stuff going on, and a prime reason why I left Law Enforcement… planting evidence, and perjury is all too common when it comes time to make the numbers!

  • Josh Nelson

    Nearly 1 million views! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A8r4MK3R4PI

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.jenest David Jenest

    Even though CJ Grisham is a trusted and valued board member on our nonprofit serving injured returning veterans, military families, law enforcement officers and first responders, some have suggested he should be removed from our board over this incident.

    Let me be clear on this matter. Few have done as much to support his peers, honor the fallen and yes, even play a key role at 9/11 events we’ve hosted with kids in school to honor police officers and first responders. We stand by our friend and wish to remind those who would rush to judgment, his guilt or innocence is yet to be proven and the presumption of innocence at this point stands.

    Thank you CJ for your continuing service to our nation and seeking justice in a time when that is tough to do and puts you at even greater risk. I share this tribute to you with pride and for those who don’t know you as we do for many years. http://patriotwatch.com/C.J.Grisham.htm

  • Anonymous

    That is why you have to set the example for other LEO’s, and stand up and say something. That sometimes gets you put into a position to resign though. Always work hard for your shift and treat citizens and suspects professionally, and also according to their demeanor. Just by doing this alone, will piss off most of the other officers, just for doing your job. Imagine that. I do cringe so much whenever you see law enforcement act this way. The Police SGT should have had the common sense and took over and de-escalated the situation. Unfortunately this did not take place. Thanks for your service to the people sir. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe not Teresa but the ones that are should lose their jobs. 

  • Anonymous

    BS. I have every right to be left alone if I am not breaking any laws. Just as this man was. If these LEOs were so stupid that they could not see that this was just a dad and his son walking along together they should be fired. After the man explained what they were doing the officers should have thanked them, told them to have a nice day, and tell the boy good luck on getting his merit badge. THAT would have been a proper and professional response. But todays LEOs seem to relish the chance to show us peon citizens who is really in charge. At the very least they should have to publicly apologize to the man and his son. 

  • Anonymous

    Trust me. We didn’t win a damned thing. This is a set up to manage our expectations. You watch, these bastards will tweak a few things and there will be another vote. Odumbass, and Reid pretty much said as much in response to the vote results. Stay vigilant and be ready to make the calls again, and again, and again. These so called servants of We The People need to hear the angry voices of their constituents. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.jenest David Jenest

    Thank YOU for YOUR service, both as a veteran and a LEO. CJ was willing to provide the video to members of our National Public Safety Team before it went public. I think that speaks volumes to CJ’s character and willingness to be objectively scrutinized. No one sugarcoated their review of the video. He didn’t get any atta-boys or pats on the back. Most of us felt both CJ and the officer could have handled the situation much differently.

    At the same time, we all knew there is more to be learned that is not on the video. I think we all want to hear the 911 call to: a) to establish there was a complaint or citizen concern and b) how that was passed by the police dispatcher. Did words passed on suggest the need for a Terry Search when the officer first contact CJ?  Hard to speculate the police officer had a reasonable suspicion that CJ or his son had committed, was committing, or was about to commit a crime and therefor a reasonable belief that the person “may be armed and presently dangerous.” It was clear CJ was armed.

    What if anything might the presence of an ICC (In-car camera) show. a) would it even have been activated if light bar had not been engaged. b) The officer’s back was to the camera obstructing what actions he may have taken that would refute of sustain CJ’s version of what happened. c) Was the ICC activated when the Sergeant questioned CJ’s son who appears to be under constructive detainment. If true, telling the child he will not be released until questions are answered seems problematic for the officer. Even so, it’s a grey area in the law, no?

    Training for Temple PD – ABSOLUTELY! Firing the two officers? Only if there is evidence the officer lied about the initial contact not seen on the video or there is no 911 call.

  • mspatdev

    If this guy would have been a criminal or insane, the minute that sheriff had gotten out of his vehicle, he would have been shot. The sheriff didn’t have to accuse him of doing things wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1099361877 Scott Elder

    @Double Tapped.  I am sorry but your post sheds NO common sense light on the situation.  The fact of the matter is that the man who ended up being arrested was doing nothing illegal!!!!!!  Yet, the police had to charge him with something, otherwise they look like a bunch of jack booted thugs, rousting a guy and his son for nothing.  I don’t care if someone is afraid of something I am doing, as long as what I am doing is legal.  What if I am afraid of you burning yours and my house down while you are welding in your garage on a weekend.  Do I have the right to call the police and have them make you quit and arrest you?  The gun is an excuse to roust people.  You state yourself that you will make an illegal search and violate others right to be safe from illegal searches (run the numbers on a gun) that you have no reasonable and articulatable suspicion of being stolen.  YOU are the same as the guy in the video.  YOU have no concern for the rights of the citizen, only the “rights” of the police, which they have NONE!  You do what you want to do and blame public opinion when questioned about your bullying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.jenest David Jenest

    REF: “The Police SGT should have had the common sense and took over and de-escalated the situation. Unfortunately this did not take place.” BINGO and thank you again. I took a call from Temple, Tx today and said almost the same thing. Resisting arrest in California is covered under PC 148 and can be triggered when a detained party fights with an officer or will not identify themselves or lies to an officer. I’m not seeing any evidence of that on the video. So, if I error on the side of LEO, don’t police in Texas have a “Cite and Release” option rather than booking CJ and forcing him to post bail a military family can ill afford?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1099361877 Scott Elder

    @leaponover   I agree.  The police officer was completely out of control and completely in the wrong.  The man was doing nothing illegal and yet he was still harassed and had his property confiscated.  The guy committed the most egregious crime a person could commit….contempt of cop.  He knew his rights and what the cop was LEGALLY allowed to do, and stood up for them.  So they put him in jail for it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, (How do we contact you to help with your foundation??)
    You are absolutely correct. Hopefully the “mic” was on for the camera. Being on the side of the road the camera was likely on. Also having a juvenile, expecially after what took place, or a female, in the back seat, I would have had the camera on for sure.   Name, Date of Birth, address etc. are not totally invading questions for someone who was with someone who was just arrested. However, with this situation, I would have waited to get that information, (report reasons), till I spoke with his mother. I really hate seeing a fellow veteran in this type of situation. 

  • Josh Nelson

    Those cops should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for illegal search and seizure!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry buddy, I told you what should have taken place. If it were to have been me, I would have ended up shaking the guys hand in the end and wished him well. There was so much wrong with the Police Officers approach it is ridiculous. By the way people call all the time for instances along the lines as your example. They are typically told that you are doing nothing wrong and there is nothing we can do. Just as it should have been done in this case. I won’t even comment on the personal attack. I wish you well. 

  • Anonymous

    The legality of the situation is one thing, of course because of recent events the public and the police are jumpy.  His response to the officer should have been, I have conceal carry permit officer, I’m out hiking, would you like to see it.  I can’t blame the officer for being nervous around an armed civilian he knows nothing about.  I’m sure after seeing his Army ID and permit he would have been on his way, instead of jail.

  • mspatdev

    Mr. Barry Soetoro  (Obammy), was very, very upset that the Senate didn’t pass his bill. He said that 95% of Americans didn’t like the way it was written. Well, I am so happy that it didn’t pass. If he gets one bill passed then it will be so easy to pass more bills and there goes our second amendment. Now, he knows what a lot of the American citizens feel like when he takes from us a lot of our precious freedoms. I was so overjoyed and the small crowd he had around him looked pathetic. Well,  thanks to the 95% of Americas who didn’t want it to pass.  NOW WE WILL HAVE A FIGHT for the next bills. I wonder what he will be giving to the Senators to pass the law. If they pass it, they won’t be in Congress come 2016.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.jenest David Jenest

    REF: “Coming soon on COPS-New York. 32 oz pop drinker wrestled to the ground and charged with attempted suicide, sentenced to 10 years of electro-shock therapy.” OH YEAH… it’s already happening in California pal but only an infraction or misdemeanor! Back to the nitty-gritty though. You’re right to be torn on this matter. I am too. If CJ were reading this he’d tell you California’s capital city elected officials disrespect veterans and cops. An anti-war anti-troops zealot was our mayor for two terms. CJ exposed her: http://asp.militarygear.com/2008/10/31/exclusive-california-capital-ignores-veterans/

  • mspatdev

    The officer didn’t give a chance for him say anything.

  • Anonymous

    Quarterbacking this is difficult, due to the whole approach the officer took. Way too many variables. (Officer was wrong, period) Definitely Cite and Release for an ordinance violation. I even do it for misdemeanors all the time. Why tie up the CT system if you don’t have too. CJ should have just been released. You noticed he was arrested for the “Threatening”violation, not the resisting. I don’t even want to say there was resisting involved due to the whole initial approach by the officer. CJ was virtually clueless in what was happening, even in the end. All he did was question, and as you can see the answers, if any, made no real sense. “Gun safety violation, notice in the video how the officer pulled the .45 off of CJ’s left hip, and brought it up and over his left shoulder, through the top of his back and across, in order to give it to the other officer. Also if I am not mistaken, the SGT never checked the magazine and carried both the AR and the .45 in one hand. Imagine if it had gone off at any point in time. Especially with a child nearby.”

  • Anthony A

    only the one’s that are liberals act that way!!!! HOPE HE HITS THEM WITH A NASTY LAW SUIT!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.jenest David Jenest

    Two ways to find us DT you can email me as the webmaster at http://www.patriotwatch.com or http://www.crimeinsacramento.com BTW, CJ will be participating with us on May 13th here: http://crimewatch.us/2013-LEMV.htm

  • Anonymous

    I wish there was video of the very first moment of the encounter. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmbolt1 John M Bolt

    I am willing to donate money to Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham defense fund if one is started. Please keep up dates on his status posted. Thank you.
    J M Bolt
    jmbolt1@yahoo.com 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmbolt1 John M Bolt

    Willing to donate to Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham defense fund if one is started. Please keep up dates posted on his status. Thank you  

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmbolt1 John M Bolt

    I think most are like that! They start thinking they are above the people who pay their wages.

  • Anonymous

    DoubleTapped, as a current LEO I agree with your analysis of the officers’ responses. First as we know, our #1 asset is our mouth (the ability to effectively communicate with citizens). Not once did these gentleman relay any information as to why they were confronting Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham. The officers should have requested the opportunity to speak with Master Sgt. Grisham and as you said, notify him he is not under arrest and they are investigating a complaint of a gentleman walking with a rifle. Then request if he would be okay with removing the rifle from his person and have it secured in order to speak with him in a safe manner and investigate further. Most law abiding citizens will not have a problem cooperating with law enforcement in this manner, so long as, the officers responding effectively communicate their intentions and explain why they wish to secure the rifle as they speak with the citizen.

    I believe these officers got it wrong because they did not communicate with Master Sgt. Grisham of their intentions and it went down hill from there to the point the officers felt they needed to make an arrest in order to justify the confrontation. Unfortunately in our line of work, it is easy to review and judge after the fact. I will say although it is not illegal to open carry an AR-15 down the road, if you elect to do so you can expect to have some unwanted attention. We as officers will explain to those citizens what the laws are but we still have an obligation to investigate the complaint to ensure all laws are being followed. The fact is we confront individuals on a daily basis who we do not know and we don’t know if they have any ill intentions. We all have families too and at the end of the day, we want to go home to them and we will do what we have to in order to get home safe. We are constantly on high alert when we confront individuals with firearms because we know that day could be our last if we let our guard down. I truly believe departments across the country could take this video and use it for training purposes when it comes to confronting knowingly armed citizens. I belive in freedom and I beileve in the Constituation and I will forever follow both. 

    My hope is people on here will not view all of us LEO’s as gun grabbing crooks waiting for moments to violate your civil rights. The majority of us are out here serving you, protecting your communities, patrolling your streets at night while you sleep in order to ensure you and your family can sleep peacefully. The reality is we work on holidays, we miss birthdays and family functions, our spouses sleep alone at night because we have a job to serve and protect those we swore to protect as well as uphold the Constitution. 

    Thank you to those who stand up for what is right, what is true and for FREEDOM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.saharar William B Sharar Jr.

    Fire both of the polices officers with NO benifits nothing not even unemployment ,how sick by watching the video a nother Donut PIG slob FIRE them both.

  • Anonymous

    Goddamn ‘thug’ cops need to be kicked hard in their effeminate little virginnies.

  • Anonymous

    I think everyone including Glenn is missing a Key RELEVANT point that started the entire episode. When Glenn asked why he was carrying the gun he gave a reasonable answer that made sense. When the police officer asked the same question, he replies with a smart ass remark of “Does it matter?”… well HELL yes it matters….this is where it all went wrong and was not the police’s fault. I think the master SGT didn’t think he should even be questioned and that’s where he made his mistake. You can abide by the law but you still need to be respectful and give honest answers to police when they were only responding to a complaint call. What happens when he gives the police officer the same answer he gave glenn and then holds his hands up and says, “here officer, feel free to take my gun and look at it while I show you my concealed carry permit to go with my pistol on my left side????? This would never have escalated. The police don’t know if you are a serial killer or a preacher. You should give them the time to see who you are by your respectful attitude and answers.

  • George Montgomery

    Wow!  When I heard Glen talk about this incident this morning I was picturing officers yelling, cussing and slamming a citizen around like a rag doll.  But this is it?  C’mon, this guy takes a liesurely stroll, on a public road no less, with an AR-15 type assault rifle strapped to his chest and a .45 handgun on his hip, which he was legal to carry with the CCW permit, and wonders why the public would call 911 and the police would disarm him before they carry on a “friendly” conversation with him.  And to top it off he just happens to have a video camera with him to record the encounter?  So I guess now we have to worry about the radical 99%er’s trapping cops AND “law abiding” citizens trapping cops.  This guy was looking for an encounter the minute he left his house.  If he was truly only worried about coyotes, hogs or other wild life I’m sure the defensive weapon, a .45 caliber handgun he had legally strapped to his hip, would have sufficed for personal protection.  I can’t speak for Texas but in Florida you can’t open carry a rifle down a public street, 790.053, and doing so is an arrestable offense.  For people to come on here and automatically jump on the officer for how he disarmed an individual who he doesn’t know, is armed with an assault style weapon capable of firing at least the 30 rounds that may be in the magazine is disgraceful and just shows how you can be led by the guy with the microphone.  How about the fact this guy saw it necessary to arm himself as if he’s going out on deployment in Iraq with his 15 year old son on “hiking” trip?  Then gets himself arrested leaving his 15 year old son in the hands of the “evil” police.  Yeah, that’s a real smart way to teach your son how to “stand” up for your constitutional rights.  Just know this, your constitutional rights are affected by federal, state and local laws.  They are not a free pass to act like an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, many police officers enforce what they wish was the law.    Some officers don’t seem to read law, but seem to study television shows for guidance.  The wise citizen will have the appropriate laws memorized and maybe even have printouts of the state law.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756521537 Ken-Lisa Watkins

    You have it wrong! This is America I think. Guns aren’t the problem people are! I have no problem seeing someone with a gun. He’s in the country and walking. Leave the man alone. The problem is the cop didn’t ask to see a license he went for the Gun and tried taking it. I’m tired of everyone trying to control everyone
     

  • Anonymous

     The law in Texas is very different than Florida law.  But Florida State governor and special prosecutors don’t follow the law, just PC/PR .

    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil
    action for justifiable use of force.—

     (1)A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012,
    s. 776.013,
    or s. 776.031
    is justified in using such force and is
    immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force,
    unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as
    defined in s. 943.10(14),
    who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer
    identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the
    person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a
    law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting,
    detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.

     (2)A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures
    for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using
    force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was
    used was unlawful.

     (3)The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court
    costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the
    defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court
    finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection
    (1).

    History.—s.
    4, ch. 2005-27.

    As you can plainly infer, the State of Florida did not follow the law in the case of George Zimmerman, unless you think that after he shot Trayvon Martin, he laid down and smashed his own head on the sidewalk. 

  • George Montgomery

    Sorry, I don’t have it wrong, you act like a gun is a motor vehicle or a fishing rod.  So you expect police to ask people they see with firearms if they have a license before disarming that citizen?  How idiotic is that?   Let’s just disarm the police and have them respond to firearm calls after the “law abiding” citizen kills someone and has left the scene.  This way we don’t risk the officers violating someones constitutional rights.

  • Anonymous

    I can certainly relate.  I was honored to work with and was appointed Veterans Service Officer in Texas.  I met wonderful veterans who honored the Flag and Country.  I was told so many times by the veterans I worked with that they would do anything for their country, but would not walk across the street for the Government.  I can’t tell you how many times I was told that.  Obama is going to try the scare tactic and collect as many guns as he can just to get them off the street.  He wants total control and that may mean marshall law to control the population.  Stand strong and keep your faith the Lord will prevail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Captureman Paul Foreman

    I spent 21 years as a Deputy sheriff in SouthWest Florida, now retired. If the citizen had wanted to hurt someone, he could have taken out that cop with the AR before the  cop even got out of his patrol car. I had numerous confrontations with armed people, BUT, most were NOT trying to hurt me! So while certainly being on alert, I treated them with respect, and I am alive today to tell about it.
    There were a few who were taken DOWN and put in jail when they acted stupidly. such as reaching for their gun when I asked them what was under their coat. (pucker time).
    These texas cops acted, in the words of our wonder prez, Obumer, STUPIDLY!

    The script should have gone something like this:
    Cop: Hey partner, how ya doin today?
    Citizen; Just fine, we are out taken a hike for my son”s scout merits.
    Cop: Sorry to bother you, but we got a complaint about your gun.
    Citizen: Is there something wrong?
    Cop: NO, not that I can see, the guns is just a little alarming to some people.
    Citizen: I have a Concealed carry permit. Can I show it to you?
    Cop: OK, but I would like to ask you to lay your gun to one side for safety’s sake, OK?
    Citizen: (Holds the gun pointed up, hands away from the trigger, and says, It’s on safety, there is NO round in the chamber or it’s  not charged. Citizen asks “can I lay it over here? Citizen also states, ‘ I have a 45 on my left hip, the permit is in my wallet.
    Cop: OK lets just sit the rifle down over here, please do not touch your hand gun, while you show me your I.D. and permit.
    Citizen: I always support you guys, my wallet is in my back pocket. Citizen holds one hand up against his chest away from the handgun, while he retrieves his wallet and shows his I.D.
    Cop: Looks like everything is in order sir, your free to go.

    End of story.
    Option: while no threats or overt actions are made by the citizen, the cop, while certainly on alert, should NOT be acting threatening to the citizen!
    The cop certainly could take the handgun too, also for safety, BUT again, if the citizen had wanted to harm the cop, he already had plenty of chances to do so!

  • George Montgomery

    So Jim, you’re comparing the police in this case to Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman?   This case has nothing to do with the stand your ground law.  I happen to support George Zimmerman in that case since he had a CCW and was legally defending himself.  How can you not look at this video and see this guy was prepared for this confrontation even to the degree of having his son pick up the video taping.  What was he thinking?   How disgraceful of a parent involving his kid in a confrontation like this.  This officer would have been justified in having his weapon out and ordering this perp to the ground.  What would have happened if this knucklehead went for his rifle in the wrong manner causing the officer to believe he was going to bring it up on the officer.  I can tell you what would have happened, the officer would have justifiably shot this man in front of his kid.  Is this really the path “law abiding” citizens should go down?

  • Anonymous

     The issue is law enforcement officers who don’t know the law.    George Zimmerman’s civil rights were violated by the State when he was arrested and forced to spend huge sums of money.  The Florida immunity statute was intended to protect minorities who were routinely arrested if they defended themselves from a white person.
    The first reaction from the police chief was to say that Zimmerman could not be arrested.  I expect that there will be a very short trial.
    Back to the Texas arrest, IF the man had wanted a confrontation, his son would have had the camera in hand and the video would have been better.
    Police get phone calls from people who assume, possibly because of biased news coverage, that any person carrying a gun “must be a criminal.”  They call 911 and the police should know enough to ask a question, “What is the man doing?”
    Until just a few years ago, carrying a firearm in Texas was a crime, Governor George Bush signed the concealed carry law.  Since then the laws have been updated and amended to have the law be in-line with the Constitution.
    Many states laws were written only to apply to the lower class, meaning minorities.  The police would never arrest or hassle white man.  Now, the laws are being written so that white, black, brown, red and yellow skin are treated fairly.
    and are able to legally keep and bear arms.
    BTW, “keep”  is intended to prohibit a requirement of government required storage in an armory under government control, such as what the British required in 1775.  The British were going to their armories in Concord and Lexington to confiscate the arms of the patriots.  And “to bear” means carry.  The 7th District Court of Appeals has just recently ordered the State of Illinois to pass a concealed carry law in Illinois because Illinois law was completely unconstitutional..  Early June and Illinois will have a law like Texas, Missouri, Kansas or the other “shall issue states.”

  • George Montgomery

    Jim, you do realize there is a difference between open carry and concealed carry?  Having a CCW does not necessarily give a person legal authority to open carry.  Again, I cannot speak for Texas only Florida and I realize this guy was in Texas but this guy was a total jerk expecting this confrontation, no doubt in my mind.  I can also tell you based on my experience, when someone like this is yelling and demanding direct quotes of the law he’s violating it’s because he’s been down this road before and was counting on this confrontation.  I really hope the county upholds this arrest with a criminal prosecution if for nothing else to show this guys son you can’t act like and idiot and then claim you’re standing up for your constitutional rights.  In another attempt to gain sympathy from people he titles his video Active Duty Soldier Illegally Disarmed and Arrested, as if the officers targeted him because he was an Active Duty Soldier.  Utterly ridiculous!.

  • landofaahs

    And today the evil little narcissist  in chief lashed out at people who refused to give up their 2nd amend. rights.  Time to write a new book odumbass.  Title it: “The Little NJinn that Couldn’t”.

  • Anonymous

    “police@ci.temple.tx.us”

    Congratulations on your now internationally famous “officer’s” of the “law”. Shame on you for the speed at which you stole a citizen’s rights. Don’t your officer’s take an oath to defend the innocent and the constitution. Ours certainly do. You guys seem to just follow orders. Histories greatest tyrants were made by droves of sheep like that. I was just following orders they all cry before judgement. I’d hang my head in shame.You seriously expect us to believe that he, a decorated vet resisted arrest, and captain doughnut eater overpowered him. Yeah Right! He surrendered his guns but not his right to his opinion. You know, that free speech you lecture us in the rest of the world on. That’s what got him arrested really isn’t it. He didn’t interfere physically did he. Just verbally. So much for the last free country.

  • http://twitter.com/DrJamesAch Do Right Christians

    Bomb goes off in Boston, blame the bomber;
    Shooting happens in a school, or theater, blame the gun.

  • Anonymous

     Yes, I have been studying the gun laws in the 50 states for about 50+ years.  In the years before the Internet, studying laws was difficult.  You had to go to a library, perhaps a public library or a college library.  The only way to study a city’s ordinances was to go to that city
    In this case, the vet had served tours in combat areas of Iraq.  The rules of engagement said that US troops could not take guns away from Iraqi citizens unless they aimed their AK at US troops. 
    Temple, Texas is near Ft. Hood, when my brother was stationed at Ft. Hood he lived in Temple.  In those days it was illegal to have a gun in your car unless you were making a trip that lasted more than one day and crossed at least two county lines.  The Texas CCW law has been amended several times, it is now legal to have a loaded gun in your vehicle even without a CCW.. 
    Concealed carry has a great advantage because “the little old lady” isn’t alarmed and your gun does not become a magnet to a thief looking to steal a gun.
    In Texas with the Mexican drug cartels’ violence, an AR with several 30 round magazines is daily carry for ranchers.
    A rifle is far better for self-defense against a gang of unknown size than a 1911 45 auto pistol with 7 or 8 rounds and maybe a few spare magazines.

    I’d like to see the few minutes of video that came before the clip.  But it is apparent that the officer was brain locked for a confrontation and the discussions that took place away from the camera are not recorded., it will depend on the verbal testimony.  Justice depends on truth and the police should know that a 911 call does not rise to a level of a crime without some investigation.  It seems obvious that the veteran had studied Texas firearms law and the police in this case, had not.

  • Mike Buchan

    I don’t believe a word of what you say. Planting evidence my ass!

  • Anonymous

     Senator Obama (D-IL) was almost useless, voting present most of the time.  His only clear position was his hate for firearms and particularly citizens who used guns to defend themselves in their own homes.  After one particularly outrageous case where a Morton Grove, IL homeowner shot a burglar and was not charged with the shooting, but with possession of a handgun, the Illinois Legislature passed a law that said no charges could be filed against a home owner/renter who used a gun which might be illegal to possess in that town.  Like Chicago, Morton Grove had banned handguns.  The Governor vetoed the law and the legislature over-rode the veto.  Senator Obama voted for initial passage and he voted to sustain the veto.
    It may be his being raised as an Indonesian that has set his mind on the issue of the right to keep and bear arms.  The Second Amendment was very well researched and explained by the Supreme Court in te Heller and McDonald cases which declared that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that it applies everywhere in the USA. 
    Since bombs are not protect arms, there is not benefit to attacking bombs only bombers.  But since most of the gun violence is drug related gang violence, it isn’t politically desirable to cite black teen age males and Hispanics for crime.

  • Anonymous

     Texas law actually allows use of force to resist an unlawful arrest.

  • Mike Buchan

    Amen

  • Anonymous

     My younger brother was for over 20 years a LEO in small towns in Texas. For one thing, most LEOs in small Texas towns are those who are unqualified for various reasons from law enforcement jobs in the larger cities. Many have no real training, many over reach their authority on a regular basis, and many get fired on a regular basis and then just move on to another small community to continue abusing their authority. I have heard so many stories from him about LEOs abusing their authority, abusing the people they have taken in, and acting as if they were the judge, jury and executioner combined. Many of them apparently are bullies who get into law enforcement to have power over others which they later abuse. I remember when I once worked in an Emergency Room at a hospital in San Antonio and I would see San Antonio Police bringing in beat up prisoners, and the usual remark was “he hit his head getting into the police car” when it was pretty obvious they had been beaten up. I complained a couple of times about prisoners, with their hands cuffed behind their backs, getting slapped around by police while there. They were usually arrested either on domestic violence charges or had tried high speed chases to get away from the police and were worked over before being brought in. I had found this highly disturbing but most of the doctors and nurses would just grin and go along with the story, “he hit his head getting into the police car.” Yes, this is Texas, we have our fair share of scum in the LEO personnel here same as anywhere else.It is a low paying job in the small communities, often without health insurance, and you are not going to get high quality personnel willing to take the danger inherent in the job for that sort of pay. Now there are many really fine dedicated people who do it also, but Glenn, even Texas has some of the scum found in other states. Do not delude yourself that that sort of crap doesn’t go on in our otherwise fine state.

  • Mike Buchan

    Not correct. Watch the tape again the father just kept being a wise ass to show off to his son. The officer never lost his temper or was rude. The father caused the situation to get out of control.

  • Mike Buchan

    You are 100% correct!

  • http://twitter.com/dirtcurt dirtcurt

    I wouldn’t carry an AR like that where there are fire hydrants(city water).  A 45 pistol should handle anything you run into where you were.  Don’t get me wrong I love AR’s!  I shot mine today!  But you also need to exercise some common sense.  I carry my CCW 45 24/7 and it sits next to me as I write in my house.   Cops however use the “charge them with something” to get leverage in a defense of a possible lawsuit.  This is not good for them in the days of dash cams and smartphones.  What I would have said to the guy with the gun is “listen were getting calls, can you do me a huge favor and let me take you to your house unload the AR store it at your house, and I will bring you and your 45, and son back here”.  ”Continue your hike with your CCW 45,  we can discuss the matter of the AR later.”

     The Cop wouldn’t tell you this but,  AFTER that then order your “YOU ONLY HATE ME BECAUSE I”M BLACK ” t- shirt with a PICTURE of the AR-15 on your chest.  Then wear it all over town after you win your lawsuit. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been stopped before by the cops and the results were exactly how you described it here . Most cops will treat you ok if you do the same. I have no issue allowing them to control my weapon while talking to me, it’s their job. As long as you don’t run into the one guy with the John Wayne attitude as it’s been called. If you respect them they will respect you in return,,,, most of the time. If that was me this guy stopped and I couldn’t communicate to him, I’d then dial 911 and have the county sheriff respond also. They outrank city cops anyway. That was the one thing I questioned, why were city cops out there in the first place? They should’ve referred those callers to the Sheriff’s office.

  • walt bazner

    These cops are cowards! These Guys Are rewriting Law! On video They Are completely out of line> Hunters beware! Your next!

  • Anonymous

    It may not be most who believe this way, that they are above the law and they are above the people …but there are so many of them that the attitude of the law enforcement is being changed to match the attitude. Rather than simply enforce the laws, they seem to now be judges of right and wrong, judges of who among us needs to be taken down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.gregg.1466 Paul Gregg

    If those cops were right why didn’t they read the MSG his Miranda Rights as soon as he was placed under arrest? Why were they obviously harassing the MSG? There is a right way of doing things and a wrong way – they chose the wrong way.

  • Anonymous

    Can we say huge mega-multi-million-dollar lawsuit for false arrest and false imprisonment?  This man committed no crime, and the so-called law enforcement officers had no probable cause!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jules.p.guidry Jules P. Guidry

    Obvious that the LEO was totally ignorant of the law and his supervisor covered for him, or is ignorant as well. The situation was handled poorly by the LEO who made the initial contact, further compounded by the fact that the LEOs had to go away from the camera to discuss what they could charge the vet with. The Temple, TX. would do well to educate their LEO re: the laws covering CCW and gun rights in TX.
    This one should result in a lawsuit for wrongful search and seizure of private property, unlawful detainment of a citizen, and stupidity of the LEOs involved.
    This bunch of LEOs gives a bad name to LEOs everywhere. Trust a cop, after watching this video? Eh, not much. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000924635749 Ray Stewart

    Glenn, i really think that you are not seeing both sides of this. I work for a police dept on another state that is y o gun rights. However when an officer comes to talk to someone carrying a gun because a citizen has called to report a man walking down the road with a gun, the officer’s first priority is safety. They have the  right to hold that person’s  gun while they run their ID. It’s not like the officer just happened upon this guy. It was called in by a third party. This guy was obviously uncooperative with the officer. He pulled out his wallet for the officer then yelled at him that he couldn’t  look in it. It’s true we don’t know what happened before the video,  with how aggressive and combative this guy was, I would have done the exact same thing as these officers. If this guy had been understanding when the officer asked for his weapon while they talked and made sure the situation was harmless, they would have checked his ID and been done in 2 minutes. Absolutely the officer was saying things like “I am the law” that are inappropriate and that should be addressed. But in the moment, without knowing who this guy is while he’s being so combative, any officer anywhere would have done the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    A black eye for both LEO and gun people. Both parties
    acted poorly. We should be more worried
    about how his minor son, this poor kid is never going to trust an LEO again;
    what a tragedy. Our Eagle scouts are some of the best assets we have, I hope he
    finishes.

  • Anonymous

    “Does it matter, officer? Am I breaking the law” That one line, whether or not he was correct or not. Is what immediately put that officers guard up. Cops don’t know what scene they are arriving too or know anything of his intentions. I just think this whole thing would have been different if a little more common sense was used by Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham.

    Texas law on open carry
    Q. Can I carry a firearm on my person?

    A: Yes, with proper licensing (Concealed Handgun License) you may carry a pistol or revolver on your person so long as it remains concealed. Long guns (rifles / shotguns) do not have to be concealed, but must be carried in a manner not calculated to cause alarm, and do not require a license.

    It climate we are currently living in, everyone is twitchy whether you are in a city or in the countryside, seeing a gun does make people nervous. I suspect that if he had been carry the rifle differently, in a shoulder carry, rather than the Military way across the chest it may have not been reported. The Military carry there rifle that way so they have immediate access. This maybe arguing technicalities but again this is the climate of fear that we are living in.

  • Anonymous

    This is disgusting. Police officers do not make law, and cannot enforce non-existant law. I think they screwed up with this, and unfortunately this happens all too often in America, and many times there is nobody with a video camera to record it. This is nothing new to those who live in inner city ghetto areas. The founding fathers of America would be sickened to see this. I don’t think that most police officers think and act like those fellas.

    In my opinion, these police officers should be terminated, and a civil suit (joint, and several liability) should be filed. Based on the doctrine of respondeat superior, the department may  ultimately be responsible for the behavior of their officers, however, if enough police officers who violate the rights of others are held individually liable, and could lose their houses, cars, money; any and all assets, then they will think twice before enforcing non-existant law, or combing the criminal code to find something to stretch and try to make stick, after they sh*t the bed.

  • Derrick Harrison

    Another example of how this could have been defused many times by both parties…The man with the gun could have said I am on a hike with my son and am a veteran and concealed gun permit holder….why?  The officer in like manner could have seen the gun strapped to his chest and he pulls the hg and sweeps it across the mans neck? Man lucky it didn’t go off or they would have a different story to tell here…oh and at 3:56 the officer says “We” meaning the Police are exempt from the law!  Sadly this attitude is carried by too many police officers today”  Why did you take me as a threat?  Police: “because we had a call”  great piece of investigative work there!  I agree the man could have been calmer…..but,  ask yourself would you have been calm if they did this to you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Smith/100001726412953 Raymond Smith

    Is this a glimpse of our new government behavior to come?

  • Snorri

    So when it’s a legal activity, the police invent violations to make an philosophical arrest? Wow that could apply to praying in public, or too loudly in a church. How about eating buttered popcorn in front of obese people? Of course, Negros eating the proverbial fried chicken and watermelon as well as Jews with those “funny little hats” and don’t forget those Catholic Nuns packing those dangerous rosary beads, are they subject to arbitrary arrest?  I’m taken aback that this injustice and illegal arrest happened in Texas. The obvious comment I have is: get a good lawyer and sue also contact the ACLU especially if you have a minority status.

  • Anonymous

    why does it seem like our veterans are being targeted? there’s something fishy going on here…

  • Anonymous

    yes. you clearly can hear the officer say it on the tape ‘we are above the law’.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, over one half of your neighbors feel that not only is govt there to baby-sit them but feel that they are owed a living by the govt – which means taking from their neighbors, so be it.  This was evidenced by the last election.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.dianto James Dianto

    Guys…I’m 110% Pro Gun, but c’mon. Walking along a trail with an AR-15 strapped to your chest? Now you’re just asking for attention. It’s kinda like those people with red hair…they’re just looking for attention or a problem. For a little walk in the woods, a .45 on your hip with a couple of extra mags is plenty. And no need to show the world you’re carrying. Are you out there to hike with your kid, or get attention? See what I mean? 

    Having said all this, the cops acted like idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1212781183 Bill Hunter

    Those cops should be fired. They need to look for a different career field. Our government is slowly turning into Nazi’s.

  • Anonymous

    This young man’s civil rights were not only violated, he was abused. The officer deliberately used his authority to shame the young man’s father and instill doubt in the young man which forever may affect their relationship. It is easy for young people to give up RIGHTS when they don’t understand the MEANING of those rights. I am weary of the ABUSE of our children, their USING our children against us and their hatred for our freedom-loving form of government. I am weary of attempts to make law-abiding citizens criminals. I am weary of them making our children fearful. It MUST stop. People must rise up and say enough is enough! Stay away from our children!

  • Anonymous

    In the law enforcement officers’ logic, a person who is driving a car is dangerous. Isn’t their job “law enforcement?” So what law did the man break? Not only are they making our children fearful, they are making the citizenry fearful and law enforcement itself fearful.

  • Anonymous

    The police need a script which doesn’t violate U.S. rights when encountering law-abiding gun-carrying citizens, since they clearly do not know how to interview non criminals. Whatever happened to the Miranda law? You know, you have the right to remain silent? And why should one remain silent when clearly their rights are being violated by the very people entrusted to enforce the law?

  • Anonymous

    I will put forth my theory … after watching the video on another site I clicked the youtube page on which it was located there is another Video of this gentleman patriot veteran speaking out at what looks to be a local town hall meeting against gun control and for the 2nd Amendment could it be that he was targeted by the local police for voicing his views? If so this is even more serious than it seems because someone is using police powers to harass private citizens who voice opinions that some dislike……
    Here is the video I speak of:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YH1RUUdMzI&list=UUqMLEmIV1pxWlkouaqlBbDA 

  • Anonymous

    That may be accurate in most GI towns. You have to remember that Temple, Texas is a typical GI town. As such, relations between local authorities and military personnel are strained at best. Perhaps the person that called in the complaint just didn’t like soldiers. Kind of reminds me of the movie “TANK” that James Garner made in the middle 1980s. I saw the video on this incident the other day. It seemed staged to me. Who was taking the video? Since the Rodney King incident, what corrupt police officer in his right mind would allow such a video to be made? The video I saw seemed to cut in during the incident and cut off. If this was a legitimate video, I would like to see it in it’s entirety. This could also be a typical type of incident that has been happening in GI towns almost since the American Revolution. After 22 years in uniform I can speak from experience. I was assigned at Ft Hood in the 1970s. At that time Temple, Killeen, Harker Heights, Copparas Cove and Gatesville were typical GI towns. They loved the money revenue the base provided but did everything to mess with the soldiers. It was open season on out-of-state license plates and military stickers. If you had both, they would follow you through their area. God help you if they found a reason to pull you over. It would cost you plenty. We were lucky enough to have the ability to avoid it and stay off the local police radar so to speak. We had bought a home off the base. I had my wife get a Texas Drivers License. We registered the family car in her name and had Texas plates on it. Since we didn’t live in Base quarters, she didn’t have to put a Ft Hood decal on her car. Our home was near the back entrance, and my car was registered on base so we would use that when ever we had to go on base. For us it worked out quite well. I had friends that used to get hassled by some of the Police in Kaleen but that was a typical GI town. If they stayed on the main highways Interstates and out of small towns, unless they had business there, most of them didn’t have many problems. In any case I do wish the sergeant well and hope he wins his case big time.

  • Anonymous

    Typically when an incident is within the city limits, who ever has that jurisdiction(Police), will handle the call. Deputies will sometimes back up a Police officer but the call goes to them. I have no clue if this was in the city limits or not. So definitely cannot respond to that part. As long as it is in the city limits it is theirs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Dunn/100000108092512 Pamela Dunn

    The police are becoming just a bunch of Jackbooted thugs; Wonder when they’ll start wearing their BROWN shirts; Oh, WAIT !! Obama and his thugs are training up their FEMA army of thugs to controll the masses at every opportunity.

  • George Montgomery

    LMAO, Since when did Glenn start appealing to the 99% crowd?  I haven’t listened to him in a while but these comments coming from idiots such as calling police thugs, donut jokes, fire the cops, the cops are ignorant and bullies are comments I’m used to seeing from lazy, know nothing but what they read on the internet 99%er’s, not good conservative decent people.  Congrats to you Glenn, you’ve developed your own group of mindless robots ready to jump onto everything you spout, I guess you have become the Van Jones of the “radical right”.  Mean while, you push more and more conservative Americans to a middle that has swung radically left allowing traitors like Obama to get elected.  You must be very proud of yourself.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Their goes the second amendment.

  • Alan C

    With that attitude, I thank God you are off the streets!  You and those idiots in Temple probably have alot in common.

  • Alan C

    Good descent people understand that there are filth in all areas of life.  They don’t hide the injustices of the few for the good of the collective.  If you are suggesting there is not rampant police power abuse, then you must be living in a closet or walking around with those hollywood shades.

    Glenn does not push anyone anywhere.  He presents his opinions based on facts and educated/experienced sources.  You, on the other hand assume too much and provide no facts for your position.  Perhaps you should become more like we far right radicals who are just clamoring to get to the middle or the left and hand over your individual freedom cheaply to some egotistical power craving lunatic with a uniform.

    Actually, now that I think about it, you sound like a disgruntled Paullette radical libertarian.  Always ready to blame it on something or someone else when things don’t turn out like you want?

    I am proud of Glenn.  At least he has the gumption and conviction to stand for something.  You, not so much!

  • Kanak Attack

    Why does it matter?  If it’s legal for him to carry it then why does it matter?  Should a police officer ask someone why they’re carrying a pair of shoes instead of wearing them on their feet?  Should a police officer ask someone why they’re riding a bike to work instead of driving their car?  Should a police officer ask someone why they’re carrying a pocket knife on their belt instead of in their pocket or why they’re carrying one at all?

    You’re just buying into the liberal B.S. that a weapon is always a threat to everyone no matter what.  Can’t you see how they’ve slowly dragged our society into this false reality?

  • Anonymous

     The powers that be know that the military is a force to be reckoned with if the shtf… so the more they can demonize veterans and jail as many of them as possible, it cuts down the numbers and makes them less of a threat. That’s just my personal opinion, but I’m sticking with it until someone shows me otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    I was appalled seeing that video and the blatant infringement of Grisham’s rights. The sheer arrogance that police are demonstrating more and more against the public at large has gone beyond its limits. I have read that it’s all planned that way though and they are training police now in military style with the object of intimidating and abusing the public. But what makes it worse is that they actually view the public as the enemy!!!! There is no innocent until proven guilty any more…..you’re guilty until proven innocent. But they know that and continue doing it anyway.
    It’s a clear case of trying to beat the public into submission so that the global elite NWO is fully established. And btw, anyone who doubts that needs to have their head examined because all the evidence is being revealed on practically a daily basis, so there’s no excuse for anyone to live in denial.
    You can talk all day long about politics and this party and that party, but until people start seeing the true agenda being geared up behind the scenes, they are going to be in for a rude awakening.

    For crying out loud…..WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.jenest David Jenest

    Now 1,888,110

  • Anonymous

    Not all police are like that but there’s more of them that are nowadays. Gone are the days of the nice cop walking the beat, who knew just about everyone in the neighborhood and was a figure of security and a helpful person to have around. Most of them now are very aloof and cold toward the public. It’s as if everyone is under suspicion of something, whether they’ve done anything or not.
    If you doubt there’s shameful abuse of power, just go on YouTube and watch some of the videos featuring police excesses and abuse of power……unless they’ve removed all those videos by now? I wouldn’t be surprised. Since police were equipped with tasers there’s been an all out war on the public and many people have died at the hands of cops going off on a taser frenzy.
    We can’t afford to be naive about this stuff because it is going on in America whether we want to believe it or not.

  • Anonymous

    thank you very much for your service Sir

  • http://twitter.com/alpharetta912 Lori_NMetroATL
  • Anonymous

    I really don’t like the (does it matter answer. Dum ass
    should not have been playing the system with an expired license. With the temperament
    of today’s news, WHY push all the buttons. I’m not blaming the police for doing
    their jobs, better to apprehend then let this fool play HIS game. Again with
    the expired license. Fool. Why go there why attract the attention. So is he
    mentally ill. ? What he trying to prove, The expired license is HIS downfall,
    really dum answer!. Not in the legal, law abiding sector of our society.  

  • George Montgomery

    Actually Alan I was going to suggest you clones are getting as bad as RP fans in fanaticism.  It really is quite interesting to see how people are maipulated into agreeing with radical points of view.  To believe a police officer doesn’t have the right to disarm a citizen armed with an assault rifle slung to his chest looking like he’s ready use it is nothing short of radicalism.  But that’s ok, Glenn has at least come out and made the statements his followers must be willing to be as radical as the Van Jones’ of the world and you folks are showing your willingness to do so.  You folks have very little understanding of individual freedoms and how the founding fathers outlined how they should be governed.  There was never meant to be a total individual freedom from government and the laws which are made by the government.  You folks who view these officers actions as abhorrent or thugish or whatever descriptor you have chosen are very similar to sovereign citizens who believe the only law you will follow is the original constitution as written.  Your comment about Glenn presenting opinions based on fact is quite funny, since it is still his opinion.  I can view the same factual video and form a totally different opinion which is no less or more  wrong than Glenn’s.  The fact, as I see it, is this guy instigated this entire incident with the police hoping for the outcome he achieved and you clowns who initially jumped all over the police are going to be eating crow when Glenn has to retract his initial story and possibly even apologize to the police.  Your disgust for the leadership of this country is starting to twist how you view every aspect of the government no matter the fact the large majority of law enforcement, and I’m speaking of federal agents and local  police, agree with the a large part of the same philosophy. 

  • George Montgomery

    How about this sunshine, how about the father not putting his son in a position to see his father act like an idiot and carry an assault rifle on a public road in a manner in which he’s ready to use it causing the public to call 911 out of concern for the man intentions.  Which in turn caused the police to have to investigate said intentions.  The officers are well within their right to disarm a citizen before conducting that investigation and once it is determined there was no intent to cause harm I’m sure the officers would have surrendered the weapon back to the owner.  But in this case the father chose to expose his son to what will happen when you want to stand up for what you believe your rights are without knowing the right of the police to disarm you while conducting an investigation.  This father, and I use the term loosely with this guy, delibertly instigated this situation and wanted his moment in the sun in whatever media would be stupid enough to carry his mantle by sharing his video.  It is knuckleheads like this who give those who truly believe in the right to bear arms a bad name.  With this right comes tremendous responsibility and this guy was far from responsible in his actions.

  • Keith Kemper

     awesome comment and true

  • Anonymous

    And now as Paul Harvey might have said, the rest of the story: http://www.michaelyon-online.com/stalking-soldier-arrested-disarmed-by-texas-police-some-facts-opinion-and-analysis.htm

    For the amount of faith and trust I put in your research and reporting I do hope you and yours dig out all the information on stories you put forth as this seems more a shock-jock ratings boost or an auto-reflex that wasn’t fully vetted. Quite disappointing if my instincts are correct.

  • Anonymous

    Does Tx have an open carry law.? According to the officer–  the police responded to a call by an unknown caller”man is carying a gun’”and then arrived on the scene as a result of that call.  Under Tx law just because he had the rifle— is enough to arrest him? He was not pointing it at anyone especially the officer. He was not firing the rifle or waving it around. Once the officer arrived I think it woud be prudent on his part to ask the man to remove the rifle and place it on the ground. All the while advising the man that he was not under arrest at this time,but the officer would explain why he had stopped him.  Then the officer would ask him if he had any other weapons. When he answered yes and that he had a concealed carry permit. Advise the man that he wanted the man not to make any sudden motions, to lift his shirt and show him the gun. He should then advise the man that for his safety as well as the man’s safety he was removing the gun.All during this time I would have my gun out and pointed at the man.After remvoing all the weapons from the man the officer could then question the man, ask him for identification and his carry permit. Once he had determined that  neither the man  nor his son was a threat (especially since another officer was on the scene) then they should have offered to drive them out of public view and eliminate  any cause for concern. Explaining that apparently passers by in vehicles were alarmed by his carrying the rifle. Of course the officer would unload the rifle and the hand gun before giving it back. When the empty guns are returned the man he gets his guns back then the ammo. If TX does not have a law such as:”alarming the public by carrying a weapon in open view or any restrictions on carrying a rifle— then the man is gonna sue and win. The police responed to a call,but what was their PC to make an arrest–the guy was an asshole or POP pissing off the polce. Many agencies have a policy and procedure to place a “suspect” in  protective custody (handcuff them) until they can determine all the circumstances and whatevers to make an arrest or not to place someone under arrest. Of course, they should explain why they are doing it, why they are investigating the individual and absolutely why they are placing a person under arrest if they do.Any police officer must and should explain what law was broken ,what statute was violated and what the individual is being charged with. The officer appeared to be intimated by the Sgt because he kept asking questions that the Officer either couldn’t or wouldn’t answer. The Master Sgt was not going to be bullied or intimated by the Officer–you can tell by his body language , his voice and remarks. Now knowing the current climate regarding the 2nd amendment and all the stuff in the news media–the shootings, the stabbings, the bombings–it was not smart for the Master Sgt to be carrying an AR-15 besides he already had a concealed weapon on his side for personal protection. How many weapons did he need to feel safe hiking with his son? Was he trying to impress people because he had been in the military,had served his country and felt it was his right to carry the rifle. Question? Did he intentionally carry the rifle to provoke a response from the public and or the police. I’m sure he was aware that a number of people that saw him don’t agree with the 2nd amendment and  would call the police at the drop of a hat. I don’t buy the idea that he was just taking a nice hike with his son and felt it was perfectly ok to carry the rifle because he can. If the police can’t articulate a legitimate reason for arresting him they will lose. If TX has any laws regarding open carry or restrictions on carrying rifles any kind of rifle: 22, 380,etc then the Master Sgt will lose.
    In my opinion The Master Sgt was an idiot, the police didn’t do their job and could have resovled the matter in a much more professional manner. No one is above the law!
    (I have 25 years of Law Enforcement experience as a State Trooper in my home State. A college  BS degree in Criminal Justice,as well as hundreds of  hours of additional professional  classes, seminars, training,etc in Law enforcement. I have learned that it is much easier to talk to a suspect  to get what you need rather than talk your self into a fight. Many people talk themselves into being arrested by being uncooperative, unresponsive, loud, crude, rude vulgar(cursing), and appearing to be threatening–body language, voice, facial expresions, including  physical threats,etc. I think in this case the officer had decided  that the Master Sgt may beat the charge,but he was not going to beat the ride. And yes indeed there are bad cops in the sense that those cops that have no idea what they are doing, they lack training, guideance and leadership. Some don’t have the mental abilty to cope with what they have to do, some reach a burn out phase and need to retire,some don’t have the attitude to deal constantly with the daily routine of the job, some can’t handle the stess and take it out on the public. Just remember don’t judge the man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. I have so that’s why I can say that  both parties were wrong. Of course I wasn’t there.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with you 100%. As a State Trooper with 25 years of experience I couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Anonymous

    Ignoring the fact that this guy is a media whore and a professional whiner, there is this from Texas laws CHL-16:

    GC §411.207. AUTHORITY OF PEACE OFFICER TO DISARM.

    (a)
    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.

  • Anonymous

    The sound of his son Chris sobbing while they put this man in the police car will replay in my mind for years to come. Here is a young boy at the door of manhood torn between the ideals he learned from his father, and thank God he has a father, for many do not, and the respect for law and country that his father has upheld throughout his life. My prayers are for Chris, who only appears as a shadow in the video.

  • Buster Jones

    Hard to believe this happened in Texas…  In fact, without the video, I never would have believed it.  In NY, you wouldn’t have made it 1/4 mile…  Shame on these officers.

  • http://twitter.com/CalFireNews Cal Fire News

    In California “Technically” he could resist false arrest with all means necessary… of course in California there is no false arrest…

  • http://twitter.com/CalFireNews Cal Fire News

    He never resisted arrest? this is scary police abuse! dude at least should get a huge payoff… Son should get a merit badge in Police Abuse… so sad kid is marked for life, will never trust a cop again…

  • Douglas Patterson

    Texas, what a crap hole!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.weatherston Gary Weatherston

    No, most ARE like that.  The exceptions are few and far between.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.weatherston Gary Weatherston

    Can you say: “Jack-booted thugs”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.azure Don Azure

    Jack booted thugs should be stripped of their badges and thrown into jail. Clearly they were the only ones breaking the law.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.nuzzo1 Frank Nuzzo

    i’d sue that police dept. fo civil rights violatioins & let them get their training that way & i would sue the two cops too because thats the only thing that works anymore.

  • informativex

    Many states call displaying a firearm in public “menacing” it is the slippery slope to full gun control.  ”Rudely displaying” or “Menacing” are simply grey areas where they allow police to decide who they want to harass or not.

  • Anonymous

    I was a Police officer for 32 years. Even if you are carrying a firearm legally when stop by a Police officer approach the officer show your I.D.s. I am sure if the man would have put his rifle down showed the officer his permit he would been on his way and Beck would have been without a story.As a Police,officer you always walking a thin line. If this man walked into a near by school, then people would be yelling why didn’t the cop do something. Just walking up to a arm citizen the officer is putting his like at risk. Beck I am a fan, an NRA member, and a gun owner, but confronting the officer and getting load will usually result in you going to jail.

  • Anonymous

    You can tell Beck never walked a mile in a cops shoes. We in law enforcement all agree be calm, show our I.d.s and then you go, very simple.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for supplying this Texas law–pretty well sums it up–as in my latter comment that this incident could have been handled much-much more differently!! Again, thanking you for the Texas law–hard to argue that one but the officers should have not said those things in front of the vets’ son (Sorry excuse for a father, officer told son that he could not leave the patrol car until he answered questions (juvenile out of presence of mother or father)  I believe they have to be present before officers start to question them (maybe unionist, you can supply that statue of law too)

  • Anonymous

    While I don’t condone the lack of professionalism the officers showed, Mr. Grisham was also at fault. Had he simply cooperated it would not have escalated. I am also a veteran and really wish he would stop making this about the way veterans are treated. This has nothing to do with the way veterans are treated. It has to do with him carrying a weapon and obviously not cooperating until he was already in handcuffs. Also listen to his interviews and then go back and watch his video. There are inconsistencies. He was arrested in a place that is not nearly as “rural” as he makes it. There is a major highway that runs through there and it is constantly busy. There is a school on the same road as well as an airport, a cemetery, a National Guard Unit and a fire station. I’m not sure why he keeps saying it is rural. When I think of rural I think of open pasture with a house here and there not a school, airport etc. I am interested to see how this case pans out. It is obviously one sided right now due to the department not releasing anything whatsoever. I am curious to see what the officer’s video shows before Grisham’s camera cut on as well as what really happened in the back of the cruiser with his son. If his son was interrogated as he says, I am inclined to say the officer needs to be removed, however, it seems Mr. Grisham is getting a kick out of his 15 minutes of fame so I wouldn’t be surprised if the truth was stretched a bit. Mr. Grisham, do yourself a favor and quite writing and talking about what happened. The more you speak of it the more ammo you are giving the city’s lawyers to try and contradict everything you accusing the officers of. If you want to win the case, stop talking about what happened and save it for court. 

  • Anonymous

    Most don’t believe this. And to be honest they don’t make nearly enough to put up with the BS they receive daily while on call. I hope you never need one of them to help you with the attitude you have sir. 

  • Anonymous

    No they actually aren’t. Yes you have some that think they are above everybody and everything and believe me I have encountered a few. That being said, believe it or not most are there to help citizens who could care less for them. I really hope you never have to ask for help from a LEO as you already think most are corrupt. 

  • Anonymous

    I wish more people thought like you and considered this a safety concern rather than thinking the police just want to disarm us. I’m sure had he simply complied with the officer at the beginning and been more cooperative without the yelling and cussing the situation would have ended up differently. I have looked at the things Mr. Grisham writes and it seems to me he likes to stir up trouble. Thank you for your service in the military as well as a police officer. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad that suing people is the “only thing that works anymore.” I wonder if Mr. Grisham gave the department an opportunity to address it with him before filing the lawsuit. 

  • Anonymous

    I will wait to hold my judgement until video evidence shows the officers speaking to his son like he is saying. If they did in fact do that I believe they should be reprimanded and possibly even fired. I also feel that Mr. Grisham could have set a better example for his son had he just cooperated and his son would never have had to go through that. 

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everything you said. Mr. Grisham is making this an issue of  him being arrested because of his weapons. They arrested him for interference. Most people are overlooking this. I do feel that a pistol on his side should have been sufficient and have thought maybe he did this to get a rise out of the police and see what they would do. Maybe as a piece for his blog. I don’t believe Texas has an open carry policy. From what I have read, the only place you can open carry in Texas is on your personal property. If this is the case, I’m not sure Mr. Grisham can win especially since what he is claiming they arrested him for is not what they actually arrested him for. 

  • Anonymous

    I completely agree with you! If you listen to the video closely, the officer says something along the lines of once I know you can legally have this weapon I will give it back to you and you will be on your way. Grisham didn’t cooperate therefore interfering with the police investigation which in turn caused him to be arrested. I honestly believe this guy did this to try and get a rise from the local police department. From his facebook page he is now claiming not only are the arresting officers as well as officers from that town receiving death threats, but he is as well. All of this could have been avoided if he had just cooperated with the police instead of getting mad.  

  • Anonymous

    If I had one of my children with me, yes I would have been calm for this. Also, he wasn’t walking as he says in a rural area. He was walking out in public along a stretch of highway that is home to an elementary school, airport, fire station, and National Guard Unit. So yes I am glad the police stopped him, but I do agree they could have handled themselves in a more professional manner. But Mr. Grisham, being a military man, could have handled himself better as well. I was in the military and you are taught you are a soldier whether in uniform or not so you need to watch what you do and say. He sure didn’t act like he was in the military in the video. 

  • Anonymous

    I agree! I also don’t see anything wrong with the officer pulling his weapon as the guy said in the video. He clearly jerked his weapon back from the officer. If I was the officer I would have immediately felt threatened and done the exact same thing. He didn’t know this man and had no idea why the man was carrying the weapon. He says in his interview with Beck that he told the officer what he was doing, but later in his actual video you hear him, after he was detained, tell the officers what he was doing. I would really like to see the video the dash cam took before the man pulled his camera out. I would not have even thought about recording any of this. I wonder if he set this up to see what would happen. 

  • Anonymous

    You should look at the post written above that states the Texas Law before you go and say they covered for each other. I hope you are never in a situation where you need help from a LEO you know since you don’t trust them and all. 

  • Anonymous

    When did they “falsely” arrest him? I must have missed that.

  • Anonymous

    Miranda rights only need to be read if the police want to use what the person in custody says against them. If they are not questioning him or her then Miranda rights don’t need to be read until they are ready to question him. Read this and you will become more educated. 
    http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/police-questioning-miranda-warnings-29930.html

  • Anonymous

    He did interfere. He wouldn’t allow them to identify him and they did not know whether he could legally carry the weapon or not. The officer tells him would give the weapon back once he found out he was ok to carry it. The man did interfere when he clearly tells Beck, he grabbed his weapon back from the officer. The guy clearly went out trying to cause a problem and it is exactly what he got. He’s turning a court fine into a huge case he probably won’t win due to what he is being charged with. 

  • Anonymous

    I am a Veteran and agree that they are trying to take our guns. That said I don’t think cases like this help any. If for some strange reason he were to win, people all over the place will think it’s ok to walk around with AR-15′s at the low ready with a magazine in place anywhere they’d like. And what happens if one of these citizens decides they want to go shoot something up? I am all for keeping our weapons, but there is time and place to display them and a Saturday morning road march with your teenage son is not the place. His side arm would have been sufficient. 

  • Anonymous

    He wasn’t in the country. He was on a public roadway that contrary to what he says is always busy. He should probably stop talking before they use everything he says against him in court. 

  • Anonymous

    Texas is not an open carry state. He was openly carrying, therefore, he was detained for questioning. Had he cooperated, he would not have been arrested for Interference. 

  • Anonymous

    How do you know the officer didn’t give him a chance? Have you seen the beginning of the video? If so please forward it to me. I’d like to see it. He states in his interview he told the officer what he was doing at the beginning, but in his arresting video he tells the officers they didn’t ask what he was doing. Which was it? Did he tell them off the bat or did he not? He’s screwing himself. Do you not think the City of Temple’s attorneys aren’t going to listen to every single interview he gives and see what inconsistencies he provides? I know I would. 

  • Anonymous

    So when you were a LEO and encountered non lawbreakers who yelled and cussed at you, you kept your demeanor calm the entire time and didn’t become sarcastic or condescending?  Well I say Bravo to you sir. You are by far the most poised and composed individual I have ever encountered. Yes the police could have started by stating why they were there, but Grisham escalated the situation by acting like a jackass. I don’t think a lawsuit will be won either, but I am willing to bet that the charges stick. And to think all this over a mere misdemeanor. He should chalk it up to a bad decision and get on with his life. 

  • Anonymous

    The city cops were called because it happened in the city. It is not as rural as Grisham states. He is twisting the situation to try and favor him. I have read and listened to this interview as well as the arresting video. He’s already beginning to show inconsistencies, albeit small, but inconsistencies non the less. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t police officers wear body cams? I’m sure once he steps out of his vehicle he clicked on the dash cam for his safety. I mean I would if I knew someone was walking around with a gun. What was the purpose of the TWO weapons? And why does he keep making this an issue even after he is reportedly receiving death threats? This is what I read on his facebook support page. 

  • Anonymous

    Slight overreaction? He yelled at the cops, cussed at them and repeatedly yelled what did I do wrong? Had he cooperated he wouldn’t have been in handcuffs. Again we don’t know what happened fully until we see the rest of the video. It seems he switched it on when the situation was beginning to go downhill. I wish they would post the rest of the video already, but I’m sure we won’t see it until after the trial.

  • Anonymous

    Why does everyone keep calling this “rural” Texas?? It’s Temple Texas a town of 60,000. I consider rural a small little town with maybe a Walmart. This is a very large town that IH 35 runs down the middle. 

  • Anonymous

    Bankrupt the town huh? How immature. 

  • Anonymous

    That could be the case. But my reaction was more toward the cops not answering what the “crime” was for detaining him. Somebody “thought” he looked threatening! Damn! People with 32 oz. drinks in New York are now “threatening” the health of themselves and anybody else who might be influenced to “commit suicide” to quench their thirst! Is there a local ordinance in his region that prevents him from openly carrying his weapon as he so vehemently wanted his question answered. And it looked like a rural area (could be wrong) so carrying a rifle shouldn’t be that controversial. Much rather see it so I know what he’s capable of than have some sleaze carrying a pressure cooker in his knapsack!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaiser.wold Kaiser Wolf

    Those police are corrupt and should be charged as criminals. 

  • Anonymous

    Yes Glen, you needed to speak to the Temple Police Department and do other research before airing things such as this.  This is so one sided and so wrong.  This is what incites anarchy against our PRO GUN police departments.  The officer clearly asks for the weapon on the video and tells Grisham if he’ll give it to him they can clear up any issues (they were there on a 911 call… essentially doing their job), and Grisham could be on his way, but Grisham is so busy running his pie hole, he isn’t complying or even listening.  He’s busy trying to prove a point.  That is what I see. It is an OBVIOUS security issue for an officer to let this man hold or have a weapon while they are talking.  That is pounded into officers.  Why do you think we’re asked to put our hands on the wheel sometimes during traffic stops?  Safety.  You don’t have to be under arrest for them to ask that you put down or turn over your weapon while a conversation is going on.  And this guy, Grisham, should know better than that.  Why does everyone keep harping about his military status?  Or that he was with his son?  We should all be treated equally in this situation, and that is what you saw.  Put a beard on this guy and a keffiyeh.  Now do you want to disarm him during a conversation about what he is doing?  Again, the Temple PD in all of my perceptions is very pro-gun.  They would never want to disarm citizens in a way that anarchists try to make you fear.  Oh, and here is some other info you may want to check out:  The officer in the video owns a gun shop.  Wow.  He sounds really anti-2nd Amendment to me (sarcasm)!

  • Anonymous

    We don’t know what happened or what the officer really said before the video started, so I’m going to refrain from saying any more until I see that.  From what I saw, Grisham was hostile, and I did hear the cop say if he would give him the weapon they could discuss the issue, then he would be on his way.  But Grisham was so busy running his mouth, that would concern me also if I was a cop, if it didn’t straight up piss me off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630496233 Mike O’Reilley

    The first order would always be safety… any soldier would know that.  Comply and then argue later.  get a lawyer.  I fully support legally armed citizens… but I would have arrested this idiot for any of reasons including failure to comply with a lawful order, disorderly conduct, and being perhaps the poorest excuse of a parent I have seen in quite some time.  Oh – and perhaps a poor example of a vet.   The cop was within his right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Williams/100005372100088 Michelle Williams

    When are american’s going to wake up to how the police are taking advantage of their positions these days..It happens all across America..Police use their authority to arrest us for ???? and really its just a way to get our money….HELP AMERICA BEFORE IT”S 2 LATE. People have given their lives to ensure our rights and we should not be forced to protece ourselves against our own police. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Williams/100005372100088 Michelle Williams

    Now what can we do about it????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Norma-Parker-McCraw/100000133908965 Norma Parker McCraw

    Extremely well said…….!
    Thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Norma-Parker-McCraw/100000133908965 Norma Parker McCraw

    Thank you…..Well said!

  • Nic Gibson

    so is there a civic suit being filed?