By M/Sgt. C.J. Grisham
On November 19, 2013, a jury found me "guilty" of "interference with public duties," a class B misdemeanor.
This verdict came after a highly biased judge refused to allow evidence into record that my arresting officer, Steve Ermis, had lied to his supervisor Sergeant Thomas Menix, lied on his police reports, and lied during the first trial that ended in a hung jury. All of these lies are either on sworn affidavits or in sworn testimony in trial.
Yet, no one is holding these officers accountable. In spite of my conviction - which I am appealing - police officers should be held to a standard of integrity that is above reproach.
When you have the power to throw people in jail, take their money, and seize their property it is incumbent on government to ensure these individuals live to a higher standard. It is especially important when the Temple Police Department had adopted the motto, ""Integrity, Honor, and Dedication", that supposedly "best describe the character of the men and women who are the Temple Police Department."
After watching this video, you tell me if Officer Ermis and Sergeant Menix have this kind of character or if they're just characters in uniform.