Temple, TX Police Arrest Active Duty Military Man For Walking In The Country With A Rifle

Police officer: “We’re exempt from the law”.

National Review:

Texas Soldier Arrested for ‘Rudely Displaying’ Weapon

I just got off the phone with Army Master Sergeant C. J. Grisham, a serving American soldier and veteran of the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who recently was illegally disarmed by the Temple Police Department while out for a walk with his son.

“We live out in the country in Texas, near Temple,” he told me. “My son and I were on a ten-mile hike so that he could earn his hiking merit badge – it’s the last badge he needs to become an Eagle Scout.” But half way into the hike, Grisham said, “a police officer pulled up.” Initially, he was “cordial” and he “asked what we were doing.” Grisham told him. “Then he looked at my rifle. I carry a rifle any time I walk around because there are feral hogs and cougars and things like that.”

From here, things took a turn for the worse.

“‘Where you going with that rifle?’ he asked me. I said, ‘does it matter? Am I breaking any laws?’” Then, he says, the officer “grabbed the rifle without telling me – but it was attached to me. My immediate reaction as a combat veteran was to grab it back and then take a step back. I asked him what he was doing. So he pulled his gun on me. Then I thought about my son, so I put my hands off my gun and he told me to move over to the car. Luckily my son had the video camera to document the hike for his merit badge. I told him to turn it on.”

Here is the result:

Does this happen to soldiers a lot? I ask. ”Yes, this has happened several times in this area. To Staff Sergeant Nate Samson, for example. He had to fight these guys for ten months. The charges were dropped, but he has no justice. He doesn’t have a lot of money to fight them. I have a pretrial hearing on May 29. The police are dragging their feet, not releasing the video.”

Can someone explain to me and everyone else reading this how these police officers acted correctly and why they, the PD, and the city should not be sued for illegal arrest?

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24 Responses to Temple, TX Police Arrest Active Duty Military Man For Walking In The Country With A Rifle

  1. BigJimTX says:

    The police aught to cut that shit out, or the normally law-abiding citizens will start to treat them as hostile aggressors. Just saying.

    • anonymous says:

      Do what the police say and there won’t be a problem.

      • BigJimTX says:

        If the police issue me a lawful request, then I will likely comply. If they want to start running up to people and grabbing guns, they’ll likely get the bullets first.

  2. Rich says:

    These police “officers” need to lose their badges, their jobs and spend some quality time behind bars. That kind of reaction to this crap is the only thing that thugs like these will ever understand. At the very least, they, and their police department, need to be sued into oblivion. And they need to be sued in their indiidual capacity. That badge they wear is no shield for this kind of behavior.

  3. Alvie L Davidson says:

    Why is the news not carrying the follow up on this?

  4. Lisa says:

    What an outrage! I feel for this man and his son. The man is out trying to help his son get a badge for boy scouts. The way this w
    as handled was not right. He should have never been arrested!

  5. rj says:

    I’m not taking sides, but if in fact he was “out in the country” and not within town limits then he needs to file a federal civil rights suit for false arrest. If he was in a ruralish area within town limits he has less footing.

    The beginning of the altercation is not on his tape, so the freedom of information request for the whole video from the dept needs to be obtained.

    In today’s enviroment carrying a rifle in or near a town is likley gonna get the cops called and a check on you.

    I gotta say it is the first arrest for “rude display” of a rifle I have ever seen.

    A lot of city born and bred officers do not use good judgement when it comes to firearms possession.

    This is very likely the result of poor decisions on both sides.

    The cop does however display asshole tendencies.

  6. greg says:

    Hell yes;
    sue them!!! take our tax dollars!!! and take there badges. They act like bully’s cops or ask for a public appology!!!!

  7. Jim D. Cox says:

    To have done this to a man that put his life on the line for all Americans as well as the very police that so rudely arrested him is despicable at best. They probably don’t want to be embarresed at the fact that they probably did not act appropriately or within their guidelines. This active duty man should be given an appology by the Temple TX, City as well as the officers that were responsible as well as monotary.

  8. Michelle says:

    If I’m wrong someone correct me please, but I believe that in Texas it is not illegal to carry a rifle around as this man did. It appears the police overreacted because of recent events involving firearms and the man’s defensive behavior. I don’t blame him one bit for his reaction, the cop should have handled it differently. Especially since he was in a rural area. Rattlesnakes, havolina’s, bobcats… all are very real here in Texas.

  9. Jim22 says:

    If they did, in fact, have a concerned citizen call in to report him they needed to check him out. They should have stopped him, asked what he was doing there, and, realizing he was just walking with his son and no threat, left him alone.

    That’s not what happened, though. The cop who stopped him acted inappropriately. The man objected as was his right but it seems to have pissed off the cop and escalated matters. Any time you stand up for your rights to any law officer you risk escalating things – especially if you’re armed.

  10. Steve says:

    This is just the beginning of “liberal ” gun control.

    • 747 says:

      yeah I’m sure the Texas cops involved were liberals! I wish idiots like you would just stop saying you’re conservative. you make the rest of us look bad!

      • slinger says:

        I don’t know too many conservatives that get their panties all in a bunch when they see someone with a gun. Liberals on the other hand …

        Who knows if the cop was a liberal or not, but if I was a betting man …

        That said, the comment did not imply that the cop was a liberal. It only implied that illegal confiscation of guns is another avenue liberals are willing to follow in the name of “gun control”. The man had his guns taken away for no reason, and he has to fight to get them back. Pretty backwards in a nation of laws don’t you think?

        • BigJimTX says:

          There are plenty of liberal cops in Texas. Most of our metro areas and the entire Rio Grande Valley are blue.

  11. Jason says:

    The police need to loose their jobs and the shireff needs to apologize . We need more people like that with a gun in the public

  12. patrick M says:

    timing makes this everything. right now the hotest news is the Boston Marathon, It is a shame more media is not involved in this event. I don’t know the laws in texas but I am sure they are the same laws as in Montana where I grew up. Which is as long as the weapon is openly displayed they do not have the right to take away the weapon. They have the right to question the individual to see what the intent is with the weapon. Second they have no right to detain the person on allegations because he fully cooperated with the Police officer and was in the right on the officer not knowing his job. I don’t beleive the Officer should be fired just like a Soldier your not going to fire him for not knowing what is the law. Your instead going to repremand , ask for a formal appology and give them extra instructions on the practicalities of the law. So next time they are fully aware what there rights as a civilian protection agency is and what they are capable of. Talk About war in Iraq just because a Iraqi had a weapon does not give us the right to take that weapon away. The only time we can do this if they show hostile intent to use that weapon. At no time did this Soldier display hostile intent.

  13. Matt says:

    Amusing how the police avoided making any statement as to what charges they have against him to have him physically detained and stripped of his weapons and then at the last moment to avoid making the entire event illegal, they decide to make up a charge and arrest him. Temple Texas – police corruption at its finest. The people of Temple better wake up and vote in people who will clean out the trash in the Temple police department.

  14. Unknown says:

    So umm question they arrested him but didn’t read him his miranda rights??? Last time I checked that in itself is illegal

    • Dave Chi says:

      Miranda is only required after an arrest / custodial interrogation, and only if the police want to use any statements after arrest / custodial interrogation.

  15. Mark Hamby says:

    This Veteran’s civil rights were violated and the police officer should be fired, the sergeant should lose his stripes and the supervisor should be demoted to meter maid. The fact that all three were ignorant of the law that they are entrusted to uphold is the crime here. The City of Temple should pay and a public apology is warranted.

  16. Robert Talbot says:

    No one has made this an issue for this fat ass cop. What is his name and badge number? We can get out on Facebook and make an issue out it. He should be suspended without pay, investigated because no doubt he has abused his authority in the past, and then fired! There is no place for asshole cops that think they are above the law or make their own laws.

  17. tony k says:

    The cop must work for Obama.

  18. redneckgirl says:

    grisham and his friends should come to milam county, Cameron texas , and march cause some of the Cameron police dept and sheriff duepties are also AH’S