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Christopher Grisham soldier and decorated war veteran illegally disarmed, detained, and arrested by corrupt officers Steve Ermis and Sgt. Minnicks
Steve Ermis illegally arresting Christopher Grisham
Officer Ermis grabbed Mr grisham and his weapon for no reason, detained, disarmed, and arrested him because he got a "Report" Mr grisham was not breaking any law and there was no reason for officer Ermis to engage Mr. Grisham. Officer Erims refused to answer any of Christophers questions or even tell him what he was doing wrong or why he was being detained.
The chain of events leading up to this injustice
C.J. Grisham, an army veteran, was hiking with his teenage son in rural Texas, helping him earn a hiking merit badge that would earn him the status of Eagle Scout. Grisham was carrying an AR 15 for protection, he says, against feral hogs, cougars, and other predators as well as a concealed handgun that he had a permit for. He and his son were stopped by a Temple policeman and, while the meeting began cordially, it soon spiraled out of control.
According to Grisham's account, partly disputed by the police but supported by an accompanying video of the incident, the police office had an issue with Grisham's carrying a firearm, which he had a legal right to do. The police office and Grisham had an altercation that involved, Grisham says, the officer suddenly grabbing at his rifle then pulling his own weapon. The police claim that the officer asked for Grisham's weapon, but was refused. The incident ended with Grisham being relieved of both of his weapons and his concealed carry permit and being placed under arrest. Grisham maintains that the police officer's actions were contrary to the law.
Master Sgt. CJ Grisham with his family the day he returned form Iraq
Master Sgt. CJ Grisham with President G.W. Bush
In your email dated April 17, 2013, you request both public records and responses to general inquiries, as set out below:
“What is Christopher charged with?”
Mr. Grisham is charged with Interference with Public Duties, a Class B misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code §38.15.
“What crime did Christopher commit…?”
A detailed description of the offense may be found in the criminal files of the Bell county clerk.
“The officers involved were: Officer Steve Ermis? Officer Sgt. Minnicks (sic)?
Officer Steve Ermis and Sgt. Thomas Menix are two of the officers involved.
“Is there an internal investigation open?”
Neither Officer Ermis nor Sgt. Menix is currently under investigation by the Department.
“Are the officers in question still on active duty?”
Office Ermis and Sgt. Menix are both currently employed by the Temple Police Department.
The officers’ full names and badge numbers are as follows:
Officer Steven L. Ermis, #465
Sgt. Thomas H. Menix, #322
The City has requested an Attorney General’s ruling allowing it to withhold the following responsive records, pursuant to the indicated sections of the Texas Public Information Act:
Police Department audio and video recordings of the incident [552.108(a)(1)]
Official Police Department reports [552.108(a)(1)]
The officers’ photographs, squad car numbers [552.119(a)]
Please find attached your copies of the City’s letters to the Attorney General’s office. If you have further questions or concerns regarding this or any other issue, please feel free to contact me.
Deputy City Attorney
Phone: 254.298.5676 Fax: 254.298.5711
After several FOIA requests CopWatchers.org has received the following response by Temple TX Deputy City Attorney:
Basically they have filed for permission form the Attorney General to withhold information from the public.