There are several things about this gun grab by Temple Police, Temple, TX that did not make since until watching the video’s a few times. Below is Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham video that was posted to YouTube and a local television report about the incident.
Lets take the TV stations report first. (see second video below) It appears that they have relied on the police, its report, and court filings for there segment. Yet what they say is in contradiction to the first video; made by Grisham and his son. However keep in mind that what is missing is the police camera or dash cam.
Now here is where is gets interesting. The charges have been reduced from resisting arrest to the lesser charge of interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty. One would have to assume that if there was a dash cam that the state attorney would have reviewed it before court, was that the reason for the downgrade in charges?
Now to the Grisham YouTube video. Take note of the fact that the rifle is clipped to Grisham’s chest and that when the officer does remove it, he has to use both hands. Although there is at present no video of what happened before Grisham began his recording; the Temple Police have a proven problem with the truth.
For more about Temple Police and the Prosecutor: see The Daily Caller and read about Sampson, a staff sergeant, being arrested for legally carrying a conceal gun.
It was “Published on Apr 15, 2013” below is the tag information about Grisham’s video.
On March 16, 2013, my son and I were hiking along country roads among pastures and fields with my 15-year old son to help him earn his hiking merit badge. I always enjoy these father/son hikes because it gives me time alone with my son. As I always do when we go on these hikes and walks, I took my trusty rifle with me as there are coyotes, wild hogs, and cougars in our area. In Texas, it is legal to openly carry a rifle or shotgun as long as you do so in a manner that isn’t calculated to cause alarm. In other words, you can’t walk around waving your rifle at people. I always carry my rifle slung across my chest dangling, not holding it in my hands.
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 that point, the officer grabbed my rifle without warning or indication. He didn’t ask for my rifle and he didn’t suggest he would take it from me. He simply grabbed it. This startled me and I instantly pulled back – the rifle was attached to me – and I asked what he thought he was doing because he’s not taking my rifle. He then pulled his service pistol on me and told me to take my hands off the weapon and move to his car, which I complied with. He then slammed me into the hood of his car and I remembered I had a camera on me (one of the requirements of the hiking merit badge is to document your hikes). This video is the rest of that encounter. Up to this point, I am not told why I am being stopped, why he tried to disarm me, or even that I’m under arrest.
We did not set out that Saturday morning to “make a point” or cause problems. Our goal was to complete a 10-mile hike and return home without incident. My son chose a route that away from populated areas but near our home.
The arresting officer is Officer Steve Ermis and the supervisor is Sergeant Minnicks of the Temple Police Department.
If you agree this was a gross act of exceeded authority, please help me fight these charges: 2nd Amendment Legal Defense Fund
The police are releasing no video, if they have any. There past violation of Sampson does make it hard to believe them. Grisham also claims that he told his son not to answer any questions that the police might ask him when they took him home that his mother would answer them. The son said that the office would not let him out of the car until he, the son, answered questions.