Active Duty Soldier Disarmed & Arrested by Temple Texas Police (Illegal Search?)
What are we coming to in this country when someone who's not breaking any laws is arrested in front of his own kid by a "law enforcement officer" who clearly doesn't care what the law is. This is very disturbing that this could happen, not in an urban area like New York City, but out in an area that we used to this was safe from this type of treatment.
I've seen the video and the hiker is slightly arrogant and fairly glib, but he is quicker on his feet than the officer. However, to give him the charges that were filed against him I think were improper. The officer does have the right to question people, in fact I like that in an officer. I think that he should have seen that a father and a son who were walking in the country on (I assume) a Boy Scout 10k hike had taken along a rifle for protection against wild animals.
Now, I'm NOT active duty military, and I would have slung it over my shoulder to make it easier to carry and to give me more freedom with my hands. However, his training has probably been such to keep it in front of him. It's a different style of carry, and it's probably a 6/half-a-dozen argument for that.
"We're exempt from the law," says the sergeant on the scene."You ain't exempt from the law," says Grisham.
"Yes we are," is the reply.
Grisham was then arrested for Resisting Arrest, but though argumentative, the video doesn't obviously show him resisting.
At one point, he tells Ermis, "Tell you what, let me give my camera to my son, and I will do everything you ask."