Active Duty Soldier Illegally Disarmed and Arrested

Published on Apr 15, 2013 by chcknhawk

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:…

5 thoughts on “Active Duty Soldier Illegally Disarmed and Arrested

  1. If this was done by anyone else it would be called KIDNAPPING at the very least. They never did say what the guy was doing illegal or wrong or threatening . Yep, this is kidnapping by cop and probobly theft and illegal search and seizure. Somebody aught to lock up these sorry ass excusses for a human much less cops, but then again this is typical cop behavior. Good thing that was his son and not a daughter – they would have probobly molested her.

  2. Hey Digger,I dont think it matters to these sick system pedophiles as they seem to like INNOCENCE whether little boys or girls as most in the system are apparently queer. I dont understand why the “soldier ” guy just handed his DEFENSIVE weapon over on command (he said thats all the cop had to do was ask) instead (it probably would have cost his life) why didnt he TEACH his son how a FREEMAN behaves and assume a defensive position and commence DEFENDING himself from an armed highway thief. He could have taught his son a valuable lesson if he only had a tad of commitment to freedom.Yes some of us will die but better to do it on our feet than submit one more inch to these bullies hiding in state costumes.

  3. They sent us overseas….foreign lands….to kill and maim…we were or are tough…hardened…yet we come home a bow to this…WTF?

    Soon…one day soon…A vet will strike back and kick their friggin ass.. then he will be killed with malice…………….the tourch will be LIT!!!!

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