If this can happen to an ACTIVE DUTY Army Sgt. in Texas, it can happen to anyone anywhere

Mil blogger and active-duty Army Master Sgt. CJ Grisham (Michelle Malkin wrote about him here) is having trouble of the Second Amendment type in Temple, Texas:


CJ Grisham
This past weekend while on a 10-mile hike with my 15-year old son to complete requirements for his eagle scout rank, I was illegally detained, stripped of my weapons, and arrested when I refused to voluntarily surrender them. I am a licensed CHL holder in multiple states, an active duty Master Sergeant and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. My only charge was “resisting arrest” though I was never placed under arrest until I was charged with resisting it. Confused? Me too. We were hiking down back country roads away from homes and businesses outside Temple, Texas, when the police claim they were responding to a call about a man walking down the road with a gun, something that is legal in the state of Texas. Luckily, my son was able to get the entire ordeal on video, which my attorney doesn’t want released yet. Can you please share this link as far and wide as possible of an appeal for funds to help us fight this injustice and violation of 2nd and 4th amendment rights? Unfortunately, we had to come up with $2500 bail because the resisting arrest is a class a misdemeanor in Texas and we didn’t want to deal with the headaches that come with using a bail bondsman. I would be greatly appreciative. I have a top secret security clearance and if I don’t fight these charges I lose my clearance, my job, and any any chance of an army retirement after serving 19 years. If you have any questions, please let know. Here is the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2nd-amendment-legal-defense-fund

The Facebook link take you to this page for the Second Amendment Legal Defense Fund, where his lawyer can be contacted for information. My emphasis below:

No one should have to fear being illegally disarmed without warrant, especially someone who has never committed a crime in his life.  There is an overt attempt to disarm Americans, and especially veterans, in this country.

I live on a military salary and my wife had to use our savings to bail me out of jail so I didn’t have to spend an entire weekend waiting on the magistrate to enjoy his/hers.  So, I need help fighting for my rights.  I can’t afford the $10,000 retainer to hire a good lawyer familiar with these issues.

My attorney is Mr. Kurt Glass, an attorney at law and fellow US Army veteran.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his email is kurtwglass@gmail.com to verify the specifics of my case.  His website is www.kurtwglasslaw.com.

cj_laptop(Img. via Wired.com)

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About Erick Brockway

Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy!
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33 Responses to If this can happen to an ACTIVE DUTY Army Sgt. in Texas, it can happen to anyone anywhere

  1. Reblogged this on DEXTER AMERICUS and commented:
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  2. LadyRavenSDC says:

    Reblogged this on LadyRaven's Whisky In A Jar – OH! and commented:
    “First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.”
    Too many are complacent enough to think it will never happen to them. They have no guns, stay low under the radar, yada yada yada.
    But sooner or later they will come after something held dear – a brother, a sister, a child who spoke out, who owned a legal weapon.
    “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”

  3. Michael Yon says:

    Grisham stinks of fraud and has for years. Toss him in the slammer. He stalked me for 2-3 years. Gisham is mentally unhinged, threatening, and dishonest to the code. He did not complete his Afghanistan tour where he saw no combat. He complained about rocket attacks, his shaking hand, and he was sent home about halfway through his tour. Grisham is a dishonest, bullying coward.

    • Knock it off, Mike. Regardless of what may or may not have happened to you, do you really think an active duty Master Sgt. who’s been to Iraq and Afghanistan needs to have his personal weapons arbitrarily taken from him? Doesn’t matter what his name is. Just “Toss him in the slammer”?

      Hello? Second Amendment? It could happen to you, too.

      • Michael Yon says:

        Erick,

        I am a serious defender of the 2nd Amendment.

        Only two soldiers in about 8 years made me feel in danger for my life. I told the Army about both of them. The first is dead. Shot himself in the head after getting caught doing horrible sexual harassment in Afghanistan.

        The 2nd is Grisham.

        Grisham did not complete his tour in Afghanistan. He complained of mental issues and was sent home about half way through his tour. He saw no combat in Afghanistan. If he says otherwise, he is lying.

        In Iraq, he brags about wiping out an entire Iraqi squad with a hand grenade and a pistol. Bullshit. In my three years of combat and four years of war, I have never even heard such a story, much less seen it.

        He got his Bronze Star the same day and in the same Division that Jessica Lynch got hers. Jessica later admitted that her’s was a fraud. Through multiple FOIAs, we have been unable to find any evidence that Grisham did what he says, and he refuses to show it…like Obama’s birth certificate.

        Grisham is a mouth. If he had his guns taken away for resisting arrest, let’s hear the LE side of the story, too.

        • Michael,

          Just so you know, I’m not CJ Grisham, I’m not from Black Five, and I am not anyone you’ve ever argued with before. It’s never been worth it to tell you the truth. You’ve not been worth telling the truth to for a long time. Those who have spoken the truth to you have been relentlessly and ruthlessly attacked by you. Some, like CJ Grisham and Soldiers’ Angels, you’ve made personal projects out of. No, I have not bothered to tell you the truth. I would have to care in order to do that. But I do know you.

          CJ definitely gave you a hard time in Afghanistan. You deserved it. Your case of the “A” with CJ and the milblog community started after you began to act and write strangely while embedded in Afghanistan in 2009. I was privy to the sequence of events that brought you into conflict with CJ, Matt Burden of Black Five and others. This all started when the community reached out to you as you, yourself, began to come unhinged. Instead of hearing the concern that was conveyed towards you, you reacted poorly and lashed out.

          You and I physically spoke during this time. We had no issues, but you were standing on an airfield in Uruzgan at the time, awaiting a flight to Kandahar. You were personally invited by the director of the Counterinsurgency Training Center – Afghanistan to the week-long COIN Leaders Course. You still don’t understand what a big deal that was to have space made for a photojournalist. The CTC-A turned people away from this course every month for lack of space. You turned it down without a second thought. “Time is money,” you said.

          Yes, Mike, time is money. And wasted opportunities are wasted opportunities and missed education. You could have gained insight into what you were reporting on, but it was more important for you to just continue on. You didn’t need to learn anything because you knew it all.

          The results would manifest themselves over the course of the following four years.

          You went on to be disembedded again and again, the second time publicly going after the “crazy monkeys” at the ISAF Public Affairs Office, claiming that they were out to get you. Which is a little paranoid. Now persona non grata, you have not been in Afghanistan for several years. You tried to freelance it, but you’ve not been to that country in about three years. Yet your Twitter account still says you are in Afghanistan. I’m not saying that a misrepresentation is necessarily fraud, but for a guy who misrepresents himself to that degree to point a finger at anyone and cry, “FRAUD!” is stretching the envelope just a tad.

          You’ve had a bone in your teeth for Soldiers’ Angels. Why? They gave you money. And, when you asked them for more after you had started to go ’round the bend, you were declined. They didn’t want to support your increasingly strident rants. That’s when the attacks on SA began. Now, SA is not perfect, but have you ever SEEN what good they have done? I’ve BEEN to Landstuhl and seen what Mary Ann does for the grievously wounded and their families. It is nothing short of angelic. And that’s only ONE thing. Thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have been supported with care packages from a willing Soldiers’ Angel. But when Mary Ann wouldn’t back up your story that made it seem like you had some personal hand in saving a wounded warrior with a severe chest wound, you turned on her, and SA, viciously. Defamation.

          CJ Grisham is not perfect, either. He struggles with demons that we, as a nation, asked him to incur. I wasn’t there the day of the actions for which he was awarded a BSMV. Neither were you. But a BSMV is signed off on by a General Officer, and is not taken lightly. What we DO know is that it had nothing whatsoever to do with Jessica Lynch nor her BSMV. Just because she says she didn’t deserve hers doesn’t mean that CJ, or anyone else, didn’t deserve theirs. For you to include that in your assault on Grisham is patently ridiculous. Patently. Grisham saw fit to open up about his PTS in order to de-stigmatize the condition, so that other Soldiers would see that it’s okay to seek help. When you pick at him, for personal reasons, over his diagnosis and claim it as a reason why he should be detained, disarmed or whatever, you do not help Soldiers or their image in the community. And yet you claim to be on the side of the Soldier. Yeah… right up until the moment that they call you on your stuff. Just like Mary Ann and SA.

          You attacked Mary Ann Phillips, who is an absolutely astounding human being, for telling the truth and not backing up your story that made you and SA sound like more of a role was played in saving a Soldier than was actually the case. Mary Ann pointed this out to you privately and finally contradicted you publicly on the SA Germany blog. In return, you have ruthlessly and relentlessly attacked Soldiers’ Angels. Have you hurt them? Possibly. Are they falling, as you claim? No.

          And shame on you for hoping that they are. As I said, they are not perfect. But a LOT of warriors have been well-served by them. Some of them will NEVER forget the angel who hovered over their beds in Landstuhl. Some will never remember, because she was there when they were so deep inside themselves, anesthetized, that they were only aware of her at that moment, their memory wiped clean by the drugs. And you would sully her and her organization, which is not only selfish, but heinous.

          Mike, you haven’t been in Afghanistan for a very long time. You were borderline clueless when you were in the country and you are completely clueless now. Yet you still continue to raise money for yourself to live in Thailand. You yourself, on your fundraising page, liken yourself to Ernie Pyle. There was a time, like when I was encouraging the director of the CTC-A to allow you to come and take the class and report on what you found, that I thought you COULD be the Ernie Pyle of this generation. And slowly, over time, you convinced me that you are not. You took a left turn at Albuquerque, Mike, and you’re NEVER going to get to Pismo Beach. You weren’t that guy. You aren’t that guy. You aren’t the voice of the Soldier or Marine. You have attacked more Soldiers, Sailors and Marines than you have ever made heroes of. You have done it selfishly. Your attacks on Grisham are selfish and petty. You act like you are saving the world from CJ Grisham.

          Dude, get a real cause. Seriously. The world doesn’t need saving from Grisham. That tired shit about the red crosses on helicopters was pretty inane, but saving the world from CJ Grisham is like saving the world from penguins. It just doesn’t need to be done. Thanks for thinking of us, though.

          Except you weren’t. You weren’t thinking of us.

          You were raising money. For a couple of years, whenever you ran low on funds, you would kick CJ Grisham and he would lash out in return… and you would make a big deal out of it and funds would flow. Since 2011, a kick at Grisham results in nothing. Nothing. And that simply doesn’t help your bottom line so much. If anyone is stalking, if anyone is obsessed, it is you. The failure of your career, the loss of that potential Ernie Pyle, was a huge disappointment to me. Seriously. At one point, I really, seriously thought you were that guy.

          Now, you’ve slipped into madness and irrelevance. Some out there are too simple to realize that you’ve long since lost it. But little by little, it’s slipping away. You keep up the trappings of what you almost were… like your Twitter account that says you are in Afghanistan… but you’re truly a sad, sad little man. I’m sure you’ll see this, and I’m sure it’ll fall on your deaf ears with as much impact as a feather against a mountain. You are nothing if not intransigent. But, just so you know, you’re fooling fewer and fewer people. Really, CJ Grisham’s problems have absolutely nothing to do with you. Nothing.

          Eventually… and it’s not going to take that long… you’ll complete burning all of your bridges and you will be what you have moved inexorably towards since 2009: nothing.

    • I don’t think it matters about WHO Grisham is or isn’t. Any citizen would do. LadyRaven’s quote got it right. The facts are the facts, if indeed a police officer tried to seize his weapon and arrested him, booked him, etc.

      I’m an ex-Army JAGC and know this case isn’t going any place either. The cop (county, Texas Ranger?) could have been a rookie, the snitch a leftie, or just some old man/woman peeping out a window. No prosecutor would dare bring it to trial if the facts are as Grisham stated. Nor would a jury convict. In and out in under $1000, with this property returned. I think that’s how they do it in Texas.

      The request for financial support is a little excessive, but if someone in the county building has a case against the Army, or MSGT Grisham, it may not be excessive at all. In Texas they even do grudges in a big way.

      Thanks for bringing this, Tow Dog. It does need to be followed. If a leftie snitch was involved, I know some people who’d like to know.

      • I don’t blame CJ for being nervous about a government that would like nothing better than to have an excuse not to give him his retirement. I was spooked at the 18 year point, too. Better not to take chances and load all mags.

        • Oh, I agree agree totally, Erick. If they busted Bill Clinton for legally carrying a gun down a dusty road in Texas I’d be on his side, too. I never heard of Grisham until yesterday, and this Michel Yon fellow until this AM.

          If he claims to be a conservative he isn’t because he tried to convict Grisham (who he obviously doesn’t like) on that dislike alone. That’s what the Left does. Yon made the issue about himself. Grisham’s innocence or guilt lies in the hands of the great state of Texas and its courts. If he told the truth, he’ll walk and be out very few dollars. If he lied, then he’ll possibly need all that money, and more. It’s all a matter of public record now. I’d give him $20 tops until the facts are verified.

          But i wouldn’t give Micheal Yon the time of the day.

  4. Dan Keele says:

    Regardless of whether you believe Grisham’s claims about his service, calling him a stalker is different than calling him out. I’ve seen many cases of arrests for “resisting arrest” where the underlying arrest was bogus or non-existent. It seems your dislike for him has taken away objectivity. If he is what you say he is, fine. More power to you. Prostitutes may be raped. Criminals may have their rights violated. Unpopularity and false bravado do not justify disarmament. Nor do I believe he is a victim of a great conspiracy. Right comes down on the side of facts, not personality. If he is a stalker, get him indicted and arrested. Trying to prove he didn’t do as he claims leaves your argument above lacking. You surely haven’t seen or heard of every military action in seven years. If you’ve got facts, not just argument by association, on the commendation, bring them on. At this point, I see two military vets in a blogpeeing contest.

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  7. CJ says:

    Erick, be nice to Mr. Yon. i think he’s probably suffering from the symptoms of syphilis or premature vaginal discharge. He loves to whine and moan and complain about me “stalking” him while he trolley the internet in attempts to defame and libel me from the comfort of his Thailand shack. He’s just trying to find a way to be relevant again and if making up wild stories to get a few sheeple to drop a buck or into his bank account then he’s able to feed his 400 pound frame slightly longer. Hes a troll and should be treated as such.

    Erick, I’ll contact you offline about something else.

  8. I can see I’m talking to a LIC (Low Information conservative). They also exist. I responded to what you said yesterday, which, as I stated, has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Grisham. Basically you were saying you don;t like the SOB therefore you hope he goes down. I really dislike that kind of thinking. It’s childish, which is even worse than being stupid sometimes.

    The cop’s statement, if there really is one, will have to be presented to the jury. It’s not evidence. But before it goes to the jury it has to get past the local prosecutor who has to put his ass on the line by trying to get a conviction.

    This case doesn’t look very good if the police officer indeed asked to take something he had no right to take. A cop can’t demand to look in the trunk of my car. he can’t ask or demand to see what’s in my pockets. He can’t demand me turn over my comb, handkerchief, OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS LEGAL FOR ME TO CARRY. A person who resists an illegal arrest usually wins, charges dropped, and the cop reprimanded.

    Again we don’t know enough facts, and when I say “we” Mr Yon, I specifically mean you, for you are the only one who has rushed to judgment..I don’t have to rush to the judgment on the man’s guilt or innocence. He’s innocent until,a court says otherwise. Right now I don’t think that will happen.

    Now, if Temple is one of those “gun free’ cities (rare for Texas) and he was inside the city limits, and the cop was a city cop (county, state, fed cops, no, they have no jurisdiction.) or Grisham was inside a national park (not national forest) then a fed could have busted him as well. In that case, he’s guilty and the government will win..

    I still wouldn’t send him $20 until I know all those things. His grandstanding for money has nothing to do with guilt or innocence.

    My only beef here, as I said, is that you have make this about you, and I’m just trying to keep things on point, and keep your feet to the fire. Your ignorance of law and complete prejudice when its people you don’t like is the only subject with me. So let’s keep it there, as there isn’t enough evidence to make it about Grisham’s guilt of innocence. I’m a big believer in the viral lie, so you don’t get a get out of jail free card if some fact turns up a month from now that verifies something you said yesterday. That’s just blind frigging luck. The Left does it all the time, and I’m getting the sense that maybe you should call that place home.

    Thus endeth the lesson

    Good luck

    • Michael Yon says:

      Nobody needs your lesson. Your reading comprehension needs work. Thinking skills…work on them. Friendly advice.

      • Hey Yon. Looks like you are gonna learn a lesson the hard way. You ain’t EVAH gonna win against Vassar Bushmills. “Friendly advice.”

        • Michael Yon says:

          If you are making physical threats, say it loud and clear, now.

          • No Michael, sorry you misinterpreted. I meant you wont’t ever win an “argument.”

            You may want to read some of Mr. Bushmills articles at Unified Patriots as to why I made this remark. Link to them below:

            http://www.unifiedpatriots.com/author/vassarbushmills

            • Michael Yon says:

              Thank you. I write about people who kill. Clarification is appreciated. Now be polite and be taken seriously.

              • In case you aren’t aware Michael, Mr. Bushmills is an attorney so I think you may want to digest what he is trying to explain to you, i.e. there is a presumption of innocence until one is proven guilty.

                An attorney doesn’t have to “like” a client to defend him. If you ever saw the film “Devil’s Advocate” with Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino the defense lawyer of the alleged murderer declares to the jury he abhors his client and he isn’t a very nice person, but that doesn’t make him guilty. Wait til the evidence is in.

                • Michael Yon says:

                  Waiting to be impressed.

                • Dan Keele says:

                  At the heart of these threads is the possible overreaching by an agent of the government. It is perfectly plausible that a man with a badge and a gun either self-initiated contact or was dispatched to investigate something that “alarmed the public”. That and “officer safety” are much used phrases talismanically deployed to interfere with the free exercise of civil rights by any American citizen. I would really like to review the underlying police reports and court docket filings. My curiosity is neither piqued nor diminished by the fund raising or self-aggrandizement of Michael or CJ. Whether either should be believed is at the point of diminishing returns.
                  I am totally put off by the fundraising, whether CJ is a person of means or not. Access to justice isn’t an ebay auction or a telethon. Accordingly, the taunting and turning innocuous comments by a third party into baiting for a physical encounter destroys whatever credibility a citizen journalist had in my estimation.
                  Prior reputation and contributions aside, the bilateral argument ad hominem attacks have diluted the focus on the underlying concern: that we all stand together, if only by demanding accountability as a society, against excessive government intrusion and disregard of enumerated unalienable rights in the Bill of Rights.

                • What he said. Only…using bigger words.

              • Michael, you for one should know what it feels like to be arrested unfairly:

                http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/05/breaking-michael-yon-arrested-at-seattle-airport/

                “Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from the border bullies.

                When they handcuffed me, I said that no country has ever treated me so badly. Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely not Singapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county has treated me with the disrespect can that can be expected from our border bullies.”

                • I’d love to have done the background and follow up on that one, LIO. Of course Mr Yon was an innocent victim, as I can’t ever see a basis for asking how much money a man earned..unless he was carrying large sums of cash. As bodacious as the circumstances may sound (Hot Air didn’t see fit to follow-up, bad journalism) he’s as innocent as Grisham is, wouldn’t you say? Good job LIO. Doing both Hotair’s, and the Lord’s work at the same time.

  9. At least we’ve established who the stalker is in this story.

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