New dashcam footage has been released by officials in Bell County, Texas, showing a police officer in Temple, Texas, arresting and taking away the weapon of war veteran C.J. Grisham while he was hiking with his son in March.
The surveillance video shows the officer snatching Grisham’s gun and then trying to unfasten it from his sling without his permission or giving him a reason.
The Blaze reported that a video was recorded by Grisham and his son has gone viral since last year, but the moment when the officer attempted to disarm him wasn’t caught on camera. Grisham later faced charges over “interference with duties of a public servant.” But in the March video, the officer is heard saying Grisham was stopped for “rudely displaying” his rifle.
Grisham was fined $2,000 on Nov. 19 and found guilty by a jury of three men and three women of “interference with duties of a public servant.”
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According to ABC affiliate News Channel 25, shortly after receiving his punishment, Grisham said: “I freely accept that regardless of my thoughts on the verdict, I'm very pleased with the fine, and the fact that I'll be able to go home to my family. It still doesn't change the fact that we're gonna appeal the ruling and appeal the decision because I don't believe the police have a right to do what they did that day.”
Grisham plans to appeal the decision, he writes in an email to The Blaze.
His firearms were legal and no laws were broken when Grisham was approached by police. He was charged with resisting arrest, but was later downgraded.
Watch the new footage below: