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Army Veteran MSG C.J. Grisham was found guilty and  fined $2,000 on Nov. 19th of “interference with duties of a public servant.” The case drew national attention when video taken by Grisham’s son capturing the encounter went viral. Grisham was openly carrying a rifle while out hiking with his son on a rural Texas road.


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New dashcam video has been released after an open records request was submitted to the Temple Police Department:

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Grisham and his 15-year old son said they were on a 10 mile hike for the Boy Scouts when officer Steve Ermis stopped them in a rural area.

“What are you doing,” Ermis asked Grisham?

“Hiking,” he replied.

“You’re hiking?  Some reason why you have this?” the officer said, pointing at Grisham’s rifle.

“Cause I can,” Grisham smugly answered.

Moments later Ermis and Grisham both grabbed the rifle and the officer then drew his weapon and a brief altercation started.

“Hey, don’t disarm me, man,” the Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran stated, raising his voice.

Ermis got the rifle, then handcuffed Grisham, who disclosed he also had a handgun in his waistband, and a concealed weapon permit in his wallet.

With his hands behind his back, Grisham repeatedly asked the officer, “Did I threaten you?”

“Once I find out there are no issues then you can be on your way,” the Temple officer replied.

But that didn’t happen.  Still handcuffed, Grisham threatened a lawsuit.

Ermis told the veteran he did feel threatened, and he refused to give Grisham his guns back.

“I’m not going to let you put your hands on it and shoot me,” he explained.


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