Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham was awarded a mistrial when a jury of 6 split on the verdict . Prosecutors did not say whether they planned to retry him.. Grisham had been charged with a misdemeanor charge of interference with the duties of an officer.
Temple police officer Steve Ermis overstepped his authority, when he challenged Grisham's right to carry his AR15, which is legal in the state of Texas. Ermis said that Grisham was carrying his gun "rudely", whatever that means. He then confiscated Grisham's rifle and his pistol, for which he had a concealed carry permit.
Grisham's son captured the entire confrontation on his phone camera, which you can see on this page. Grisham expressed his frustration about having to go to court because of an abusive officer. Chapter 46 of the Texas penal code allows for carry a "long gun" or rifle. There is no exception for being rudely carried.
Recently, three men in San Antonio were sitting in front of a Starbucks, when a police officer decided to charge them because allegedly, someone called and said, "they were freaked out" by the guns. Freaking someone out in Texas does not appear to break any laws. Some people are freaked out by women breast feeding in public. Could they be arrested?
A similar incident occurred in Austin. Three men were carrying Civil War pistols and since they were manufactured prior to 1899, they are exempt from the gun laws governing pistols. All three were arrested.
Grisham was charged with refusing to obey Ermis' orders. Evidently there must be a law in Texas that you cannot legally interfere with an officer in performance of trampling the US Constitution.
The only way to end this abuse of power is by sending a few of these so called officers to stretches in the local prisons with a cellmate named Bubba.